Takeaway’s From This Weekend

With action on both sides of the pond, here is our biggest take away’s after watching all of the fights.

Breazeale is Tough

Most thought Dominic Breazeale would not last more then four rounds with IBF Heavyweight Champ Anthony Joshua and in the opening round that looked to be the case. But his heart and chin kept him in the fight for seven rounds before he could take no more. While skill may not be a championship level yet, the heart he showed not to quit was and makes me want see how he rebounds from his first defeat and him grow as a fighter going forward.


Hurd Adds His Name in 154 Mix

Jarrett Hurd popped up on most our our radars last year after his TKO win over fellow prospect Frank Galarza. Saturday night he threw thunderous blows in stopping yet another prospect undefeated in Oscar Molina. The steady improvement Hurd has shown each fight shows that he can can a legit threat to others in the stacked 154 lbs. division for some time to come.


Groves Isn’t Washed

A lot of us wondered if the loses to Carl Froch ruined George Groves. He looked far from elite last September in his defeat to Badou Jack, which left many wondering if he was washed up. He silenced those critics in fighting a smart and calm fight against heavy handed Martin Murray. His defense seemed tighter and his held up fine when he was hit clean. Groves looked like a man over the mental hurdle of defeat and like a contender again. The win got him right back in the title hunt and possible fight for the WBA Super-Middleweight belt later this year.



Keith-Thurman-Shawn-PorterPBC Has Life

While the TV rating numbers are not official as we post, this all early signs are that PBC had hit on their hands with the “Showtime on CBS” card. The production was on point, the commentating from Sho Sports crew was awesome as always and all Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter did was put on one of the better fights of the year so far. Porter did phenomenal job of cutting off the ring and leaving Thurman no real room it work of his jab from a distance and roughing him up with the inside fighting. While Thurman used Porter’s aggressiveness against him , landing counter shots that rocked him at time during the fight. In the end Thurman won a narrow unanimous decision, but PBC and the sport of boxing won as well knowing that these two gentlemen could indeed be the faces of the sport for years to come.


Groves Plans On Stopping Murray



George Groves (23-3, 18 KOs) says Martin Murray (33-3-1, 16 KOs) will not hear the final bell when the British boxers collide on Saturday night in a mouth watering WBA World title final eliminator at The O2 in London, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Groves has been respectful of his opponent in the build up to their super middleweight contest, but at yesterday’s press conference, the ‘Saint’ shared his prediction for the outcome of their hotly anticipated clash.

‘’It’s a must-win fight and a fight I fully plan on winning,’’ he said. ‘’Martin is going to come with his game plan, he is going to try to be smart, he’s going to try and make me miss and hope that I tire so he can drag me into a dogfight in the second half of the fight, but it’s going to be difficult for him because I’m going to be landing big shots and he’s not going to be able to get past the first six-rounds the way he is hoping.

‘’Martin is a good fighter but he’s in with a better fighter, and a naturally bigger and stronger fighter. This fight wont just come down to who wants it more, it will come down to who is the better boxer. It’s not going to be easy, by any stretch of the imagination. I rate Martin and I like the way he fights, but I just don’t think he’s good enough to beat me.

‘’I think I will win and win well. It’s going to be exciting fight and the fans are in for a real treat. I expect Martin to show a lot of heart but my boxing ability will be too much for him. I always say my opponents aren’t going to hear the final bell, and I can’t see anything different on Saturday night.’’

The Hammersmith man also hit back at claims from Murray’s camp that he has been struggling at the weight. ‘’It seems like they are pinning their hopes on the misguided belief that I have issues at the weight and that this will have an effect on my performance and give them an inch into the fight,’’ he said. ‘’When the truth is, I do the weight more than comfortably. I have a very good and solid team around me who make sure of that. I’ve prepared fantastically for this fight and I’m in perfect condition.‘’

Photos: George Groves and Denis Douglin Face-Off at Final Press Conference

George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) and Denis Douglin (17-3, 10 KOs) came face-to-face for the first time at today’s press conference ahead of their WBC Silver World Super Middleweight Championship fight on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

There is a lot on the line for the ‘Saint’, who risks both his WBC Silver title and WBC mandatory position, when he faces the ‘Mommas Boy’ in front of a sell out crowd at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

‘It’s great to be back boxing in Liverpool,’’ said Groves. ‘’It’s been a successful place for me in the past. On Saturday, it’s going to be a great night of boxing and I’m really looking forward to it.

‘’It’s good to finally see Denis. He seems super charged and up for the fight. I’m expecting a tough fight but I’m fully prepared for it. We’ve had a fantastic camp. I’m ready to put into practice what we’ve been working on the past year. This is when we can really step it up a notch.’’

‘’I’m truly excited for this fight,’’ said Douglin. ‘’I’ve come here to win! I didn’t come over here just to lie down as an opponent. Although I’ve only had twenty fights, I consider myself a veteran. I’ve lost against people I wasn’t meant to lose against and beaten people I wasn’t supposed to beat. I’ve seen both sides of the spectrum when it comes to boxing and I can make the adjustments to handle anything.

‘’If he comes to box, I can box him. If he steps to me and he wants to fight, we can do that too, that’s what I love to do and that’s what the fans love. Whatever he brings to the table, I’m prepared for.’’

Groves’ clash with Douglin is part of a massive bill in Liverpool topped by the rematch between bitter rivals Cleverly and Bellew. One of Groves’ arch-enemies James DeGale takes on Marco Antonio Periban over 12 rounds at Super Middleweight, while the exciting Liverpool Super Middleweight Callum Smith faces Nikola Sjekloca in a WBC World title eliminator.

There are a pair of WBA World title bouts as Bury star Scott Quigg defends his Super Bantamweight title against Hidenori Othake and Jamie McDonnell defends his Bantamweight strap against Javier Chacon.

Olympic Heavyweight hero Anthony Joshua MBE takes on Michael Sprott in a British title eliminator, Matchroom Boxing’s newest signing Bradley Saunders aims to extend his unbeaten run in the Light Welterweight division while German KO star Vincent Feigenbutz makes his UK debut.

Cleverly v Bellew II is exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office on 22 November with George Groves, Anthony Joshua and James DeGale also on the bill. skysports.com/cleverlybellew.


Denis Douglin, George Groves
Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig


Denis Douglin, George Groves
Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig