George Groves - Kenny Anderson 2 preview

Written by Jamie Hooper twitter @Boxingarticles: George Groves defends his British Super Middleweight Championship against Kenny Anderson on the 16th of March at Wembley arena. The two fighters still have unfinished business after their first meeting, which seen Groves fight back from his first Knockdown to stop a tired Anderson in the 6th round.

First fight November 2010

Groves performance

Groves was a bit irritating before the first bell; mimicking the mannerisms of his stable mate David Haye. He did look over confident for a fight that was always going to be a tough one.

It was clear that Groves was the more talented out of the two, but you quickly got the feeling that this fight had come too soon for him. His defence was too cavalier, taking a few straight right hands to the body (never a good sign), he stayed in the pocket too long, possibly out of contempt more likely through immaturity; as a result Anderson managed to land several heavy right hands.
On a positive note when Groves did attack there was real venom in his punches and as Anderson started to tire Groves started picking him off with heavy shots leading to the stoppage.

Anderson performance

Tactics where spot on and executed perfectly. I think basic cornering and ring craft lead to Anderson’s early success. Every time Groves tried to get on his bike Anderson would cut the ring off and force Groves to reengage sooner than he wanted to. Groves always needed a bit more time than Anderson was giving him. Anderson would punch in straight flurries catching Groves to the body and head.

If Anderson kept this up I think he would have gone on to win the fight probably by late stoppage.
Due to sore ribs from sparring with Carl Froch, illness and lack of prep time Anderson was never going to be competitive after the 5th round.

The second fight

Groves will be favourite for this fight but it’s not as clear cut as the bookies think. Both fighters have good reason to be confident.
Case for Groves

Since their first fight Groves has improved in ability and grown in maturity. He now has a far more refined jab, tighter defence and better movement. I don’t believe he will be as easy to tag with the straight right that he was taking in the first fight.

After the almost disastrous first fight, he will defiantly be taking Anderson more seriously this time. His performance in the first fight raised a lot of questions about Groves talent and potential which still linger even after his victory over Degale. Team Groves will want to set the record straight with a convincing win.
Case for Anderson

Boxers often come out with excuses for losing, but in this case I think Anderson excuses were genuine. In the 5th round he looked a shadow of the fighter he was in the 1st round.

Anderson has the ability to make Groves fight when Groves wants to run. If Anderson fights at a fast pace and keeps his work rate high, he could bring Groves right out of his comfort zone. Anderson knows he can close Groves down and hurt him, he will be going into this fight very confident of an upset.


There are several boxing pundits picking Anderson for this one, citing the Norton-Ali syndrome (this isn’t a documented syndrome I just made it up). I have no doubt that Anderson will come at Groves with even more than he did in first fight. More pressure, higher workrate and more sustained attacks. I do see Groves coping with it much better.
I do expect Groves to go through some rough patches and lose a few rounds here and there, but I am picking Groves to win this on points or late stoppage.


CHICAGO, IL (March 8, 2012) Undefeated Ukrainian warrior Viktor “The White Tiger” Polyakov pronounced himself “ready for war” next Friday night, March 16th as he hits the ring for a middleweight battle against Derrick "Superman” Findley.

Scheduled for ten rounds, the Polyakov/Findley bout will be contested for the USBO Middleweight Title in the co-main event at Windy City Fight Night 22 presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING.

The main event at Windy City Fight Night 22 brings the return of Chicago’s Polish Prince, Andrzej Fonfara in a ten round tilt against former two-time world champion Byron “Gator” Mitchell for the USBO Light Heavyweight Title.

Sporting a record of 10-0-0 with six knockouts, Polyakov has made a triumphant return to action recently after a three-year absence. Fighting on December 16th, Polyakov put on a career best performance; shutting out the fellow unbeaten Chicago based prospect Foster Nkodu.

The Perm, Russia native and member of the Ukrainian 2004 Summer Olympic Team is thrilled to be facing Findley in his first scheduled ten rounder.

“I know Findley pretty well, having seen him fight a few times. But I’m confident of victory on March 16th, whether by knockout or decision. At first it was a scheduled six rounder but with it being for the USBO title, I’ve amped up my training for the fight” said Polyakov. “I’ve had very intense sparring sessions the last few weeks against Donovan George, Henry Coyle and Andrzej Fonfara.

Said Pesoli, “Viktor is a terrific middleweight prospect. In the time away from the ring, he’s truly become a much more skilled boxer. He can still brawl when necessary but he’s much more of complete fighter now.”

“However he’s in the ring against a real warrior. I’ve seen Findley fight numerous times, we’ve had him on 8 Count shows so our fans are very familiar with him. He’s looking to get back in the win column and a win over Viktor would really jump start his career.”

Known for his aggressive style and with a record of 18-7-1 (11KO’s), Findley has been involved in excellent battles in the Chicagoland area, twice defeating Miguel Hernandez and Michael Walker each.

The more experienced Findley has also faced off against numerous world champions and contenders including Andre Ward, Andre Dirrell, Fernando Guerrero, Elvin Ayala and Matt Korobov.

Nicknamed “Superman” due to his body builder like physique, Findley's last bout took place on October 7th against Eric Mitchell in Burbank, Illinois. Contested at a feverish pitch over ten rounds, Findley dropped a very close, hard fought ten round decision.

Advance tickets, priced at $31, $51, $76 and $101 are available through Ticketmaster, (, the UIC Pavilion Box Office (Phone 312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions Office (312-226-5800).

Doors on the night of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S. Racine, at the corner of Harrison and Racine, just one block south of the Eisenhower Expressway in the West Loop area of Chicago.

8 Count Productions, HOME OF THE BEST IN CHICAGO BOXING, was started by Dominic Pesoli in 1998 and has consistently presented the highest quality professional boxing events in Chicagoland.

Fighters currently under the 8 Count Productions banner include; super middleweight contender Donovan George, world ranked light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara, former world title challenger Edner Cherry, middleweight prospect Viktor Polyakov, junior welterweight prospects Ivan Popoca and Adrian Granados along with welterweights Achour Esho and Jaime Herrera.

For more information on 8 Count Productions please visit their new website, Follow them on Twitter at 8_Count and Facebook at “8 Count Productions”.

For further information about the UIC Pavilion please visit their website at The UIC Pavilion is now serving alcohol at all boxing events.

Refreshed Pires attempts second comeback

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 8, 2012) – Jason Pires will probably be the only person at Twin River on March 22nd with the authority to both start and stop a fight.

A six-year veteran of the New Bedford, Mass., Police Department, Pires will resume his professional boxing career Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at the Event Center in the main event of “Home Invasion,” the official launch of the 2012 Twin River Thursday Night Fight Series, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports.

Pires’ life outside the ring has changed a bit since his last fight in May of 2009 (a unanimous-decision loss to Michael Clark). For the past year and a half, the veteran officer has also been a member of New Bedford’s SWAT Team, a promotion Pires had been seeking for quite some time. As a member of the SWAT Team, Pires (22-4-1, 9 KOs) is on call 24 hours a day and could be summoned at any moment to take part in a hostage rescue – or any other high-risk situation.

“I could get that call right now if something goes down,” he said. “It’s a learning process, just like boxing. If you stray away from it, you start to lack. You have to stay on top of it.”

The 37-year-old Pires will face fan-favorite Eddie Soto (12-3, 4 KOs) of Pawtucket, R.I., in a six-round welterweight bout, one of nine dynamic bouts on the March 22nd card.

“I remember Eddie from the amateurs,” Pires said. “I actually gave him some pointers for his next fight. He comes to fight, and he’ll stand right in front of me, which is good. That’s what I’m looking for. I like guys who’ll stand right in front of me so I can work my jab and try to take them out in the end.”

After losing to Clark three years ago, Pires decided to take a break, not to contemplate retirement, but to rest his weary body, which had just endured four grueling fights in 18 months – including a draw – during his first comeback attempt (Pires had previously sat out five years before returning in 2008).

“I just needed a break,” Pires said. “People don’t realize how much my regular job takes out of me between working details, and overtime. Trying to make boxing a full-time job is difficult.

“I’ve learned I have to space my fights in between. I’m getting older. I can’t fight month-to-month anymore. So much goes into training for a fight that I don’t take any details or work any overtime – nothing. It’s just work and boxing. I actually lose money when I train! But I won’t half-ass it; I want to protect myself and be able to step into that ring and go all out and do what I have to do.”

Pires works the overnight shift with the police department, which runs from midnight to 8 a.m. – four days on, two days off. On training days, he runs four to five miles immediately following his shift, naps until 3, hits the gym between 6 and 8, and then gets ready for the next shift beginning at midnight – a hectic schedule that takes incredible discipline and a genuine love for boxing.

“That’s why I do it,” Pires said. “I have a tremendous desire to be in this sport.”

Pires also trains 24 hours a month for the SWAT Team, which requires practicing his aim at a shooting range for sniping purposes and preparing for rescue scenarios by entering abandoned buildings, along with other physical fitness and agility drills that coincide with his daily boxing regimen.

“Of the 12 guys who tried out, I was one of six who made it, so it’s a great accomplishment for me,” Pires said. “There’s always something going down in New Bedford, so you never know when you’ll get that call. We go right in carrying ARs, handguns – it’s definitely something nice to be a part of.

“It’s just like boxing. You train and work hard, and whatever you put into it is what you’ll get out of it.”

Asked about his long-term goals in boxing, Pires laughs, pauses for a bit, and says, “Right now, it’s one fight at a time.

“Ultimately, it depends on how the fights go. We’ll see what happens down the road. Maybe I can, maybe I can’t. I just want to have a good showing when I go out there. If I keep winning, that’s great. Hopefully, something will come out of it.”

The possibility of competing for another title – Pires is a former United States Boxing Association (USBA) super bantamweight champion and North American Boxing Association (NABA) light welterweight title contender – hasn’t crossed his mind yet. For now, he’s fighting for the love of the sport. Why else would he put his body through such a rigorous daily grind?

“If that shot comes, it comes,” Pires said. “For the time being, I just want to keep winning.”

“Home Invasion” also features the long-awaited return of super middleweight Vladine Biosse (11-1-1, 6 KOs) of Providence, R.I., who will face George Armenta (14-7, 11 KOs), a dangerous veteran from Silver Spring, Md., in a six-round bout. Fellow New Bedford welterweight Johnathan Vazquez (4-1-1, 3 KOs), who is looking to bounce back from a knockout loss to Bryan Abraham in October – the first of his career – will face New Jersey’s Rashard Bogar (3-3-1, 2 KOs) in a four-round bout.

Fan-favorites Alex Amparo (2-0, 1 KO) of Providence and Benny Costantino (7-0, 4 KOs) of West Warwick, R.I., will also return to Twin River following victories in October. Amparo, a middleweight, will face newcomer John Downey in a four-round bout while Costantino, 40, will continue his comeback in a four-round super middleweight bout against Yolexcy Leiva (4-2, 3 KOs) of Nashville, Tenn.; Costantino’s victory over Odias Dumezil in October was his first fight in 10 years.

Unbeaten middleweight prospect Thomas Falowo (5-0, 4 KOs) of Pawtucket will put his perfect record on the line against Ronald Reaves (2-2, 1 KO) of Atlanta, while light welterweight Carlos Hernandez (1-2) of Bridgeport, Conn., will face Robert Brando-Hunt (0-1) of Hyannis, Mass., who is searching for his first professional win. Super middleweight Kevin Cobbs (2-0, 1 KO) of Burlington, Vt., will face Kentrell Claiborne (2-5, 1 KO) of Cleburne, Tex., in a four-round bout. Female welterweight Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes (5-1, 1 KO) of Quincy, Mass., will also be on the undercard in a four-round bout.

Tickets for “Home Invasion” are $35.00, $50.00, $75.00 and $125.00 (VIP) and can be purchased by calling CES at 401.724.2253/2254, online at or, at the Players Club booth at Twin River, or through any TicketMaster location. Doors open 6 p.m. with the first bout scheduled for 7.

(Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for “Home Invasion.” Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult and must enter through the West entrance.)

Article posted on 08.03.2012

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