“Saint” George Groves had a tough night’s work this past Saturday, perhaps tougher than he and his fans and supporters anticipated, but Groves got the much needed win nonetheless in picking up the European super-middleweight title with his points win over Christopher Rebrasse. No doubt of more importance, was the WBC mandatory position Groves also won with the 12-round decision victory, meaning the Londoner has now earned a shot at Anthony Dirrell’s crown.
But just who does Groves, 20-2(15) actually want to fight next – Dirrell or arch rival Carl Froch?
Groves has called out both men, speaking of his belief that his becoming a world champion “is inevitable” and also speaking about his desire to get in there with Froch once again so that this time he can “knock him out.” As fans know, Groves has had two bites of the cherry when it comes to toppling “The Cobra,” and though he acquitted himself well in both fights, fight one especially, Froch’s challenger was stopped on both occasions. Do fans really need to see a part-three? Groves thinks they do, Froch – who also has a ton of next fight options – does not.
Maybe Groves should focus his time and energy, for the time being at least, on coming up with a strategy on how to take Dirrell’s crown and unbeaten record. This fight makes sense, and Dirrell might take a Groves defence next (although he is allowed a voluntary first).
Groves has plenty of talent, but so does Dirrell. Both men have excellent credentials when it comes to world class experience, and both fighters are young and hungry. It all adds up to a great fight. And if Dirrell can be persuaded to travel to the U.K, we fight fans could have another special night on our hands. Maybe not as grand a night, or as big a night, as when Groves went to war with Froch in the rematch spectacular that played out in front of approx 80,000 fans at Wembley, but a big night anyway.
And if Groves can do as expected and live up to his full potential and dethrone the Flint talent, maybe we could see a third fight between he and Froch, in yet another British blockbuster. Maybe that’s what Groves craves more than anything else. But for the fans to buy it, Groves must have a real reason to make them want to.