George Groves is headed for a crack at a world title, but not without some criticism. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
British and Commonwealth super middleweight champion George Groves says he won't be rescheduling a fight with Kenny Anderson, which was due to come Friday but canceled due to a back injury suffered by Groves, and instead will be taking his shot at WBO titleholder Robert Stieglitz, which was mandated by the WBO pretty much at the same time Groves came up lame.
From the Daily Mail:
"All clouds have a silver lining and although I have really worked hard to get ready for this fight that won't happen this week, I’m sure it will happen down the line. Maybe after I challenge and win the WBO super-middleweight championship which I am now mandatory for and which is scheduled for the next few months. I'm bringing another world title to Britain."
I know we've already said this, but this is all just too convenient to buy as coincidence. Mikkel Kessler pulls out of an April 14 fight with Stieglitz, which never seemed truly 100% on, and then Groves is named WBO mandatory, and then Groves is injured and can't fight Anderson, so he'll fight Stieglitz, while Kessler probably faces Brian Magee on May 19 in Denmark, a win that would put him in line to face Andre Ward, which is the rematch he wants to make.
Anderson is right to be outraged -- this was his big shot at glory, and he's been cast aside. I mean, is anyone really buying the Groves injury here? I'm not even saying I'm disgusted by his actions. From my perspective, it's just business. But I feel bad for Anderson, and he should be disgusted. From his perspective, it's a lot more than "just business." He's been left out in the cold ahead of the biggest fight of his career, and he might never get an opportunity like this one again.