Kenny Anderson

news of George Groves’s withdrawal from a mooted May 5 encounter with
Robert Steiglitz due to a nose injury has left the reigning WBO titlist
looking for an opponent for his Messehalle Arena showcase. To add
insult to Groves’s injury, Arthur Abraham has usurped “Saint” George as
the WBO’s number one contender and will take on the winner of May 5th’s
bout within 90-days according to Rick Reeno’s story on yesterday . 

Groves has had an injury plagued time of late, he had to
pull out of a British super middleweight title defence against
Scotland’s Kenny Anderson after hurting his back just five-days before
the proposed March 17 meeting.  Fortunately, though, Groves recovered in
time to ink a fight with Steiglitz a few weeks later only for his
injury problems, which have limited him to 14 rounds of action in
almost a year, to nix the contest. 
Anderson has thrown
his name into the mix for a Stieglitz fight after hearing of Groves’s
stroke of bad luck. The Scottish boxer registered a third-round corner
retirement win over Wayne Reed in Edinburgh on Saturday night; he is
back in the gym and ready to take on Stieglitz should the 30-year-old
Russia-born, Germany-based title-holder give him a call. 
am fit and up for a fight – if an opportunity comes I will take it with
both hands,” said Anderson when speaking to “I am
willing to fight the devil himself if a world title is on the line.”
, who trains the 29-year-old, echoed his fighter’s sentiments,
telling me that the “Widowmaker” is fit and bang on the 168lb division
limit. “I was told on Friday that George was going to pull out with a
busted nose,” said Maree when responding to the news of Groves’s
“I got straight on the phone to people in
Germany to put Kenny’s name forward as he’s back in the gym and in
brilliant condition at the moment. We’re sorry that George is injured,
let’s hope he recovers quickly again, but we would take this fight on
short-notice if the call came in.”
He added: “Kenny
came back into the gym on Sunday. If George’s misfortune can hand Kenny
a break then it would be brilliant because he deserves the rub of the
green. Whatever belt you fight for, Central Area or the world, you are
not going to have an easy fight, so Kenny’s aware that it will be a
tough one, but it would be a dream to him to go out there and fight for
the WBO title.” 
WBO title rules dictate that their
champions have to select a fighter from the top 15 for a voluntary
defence. However, section 36 of their regulations states that, ‘The
World Championships Regolations [sic] may be amended at any time, with
respect to any aspect, through an exception or special case, provided
the amendment is approved by the majority vote of the World
Championship Committee and the Executive Committee’. Recent events
would certainly trigger this clause if an opponent in the top 15 is not
available for May 5. 
“We know it is remote, but the
Sauerlands [who promote Stieglitz] will read this and we want them to
know that we’re there to help them put on a great fight and a great
show,” said Maree. “Stieglitz is allowed to take a voluntary, Groves is
losing his number one ranking and the winner has to fight Arthur
Abraham within 30-days. Obviously Kenny’s not in the top 15, but he has
a good record [16-1 (12)], there’s his back story with Groves, he’s a
former Commonwealth gold medallist as an amateur and the rules state
that exceptions can be made, especially at such short-notice.” 
the meantime, Anderson insisted that he will stay in the gym while
waiting on news of his shelved British title challenge to Groves, who
has to meet his challenger by June 30 according to the BBBoC’s recent
title notices.  

By Terence Dooley

Courtesy of Rick Reeno and

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