George Groves won emphatically last night in his European Title fight against a tough Christopher Rabrasse in a packed Wembley Arena. Following Groves’ last fight against Carl Froch, he is now taking a different path to get the opportunity for another Super Middleweight world title fight opportunity in a WBC showdown against Direll. First of all he had to take care of the business in hand with taking apart in convincing fashion the frenchman who had a reasonable fight history record and as champion he was not going to be any kind of walk over.
The fight showed that Groves still has his superior hand speed with combinations of precise counter punching ability. His jab worked from round one whilst he was working out the champion’s offensive strategy, which appeared stiff and predictable at times. By the 3rd round Groves got his man in real difficulties as he unleashed a ferocious tirade of well executed punches to the head and body of Rabrasse, which left him in no mind of Groves’ abilities and the task ahead for the remainder of the fight. The middle rounds had Groves comfortably in front, but there was always the danger of Rabrasse connecting with a knock out punch, as he was still in the fight standing trading blows with the challenger. In the 10th round Groves stepped it up another gear to leave the judges in no mind that he had totally dominated the soon to be ex European champion. The fight ended with Groves jabbing away at Rabrasse, whilst keeping a safe distance from any punch the champion had left in his arsenal.
The judges all called it as it should being a unanimous win for Groves 118-110, 117-111, 118-110 all in favour of the Londoner, who showed he can still really dig deep against a really tough surable opponent who had only lost twice before stepping into the ring at Wembley Arena with Groves.
So what will Groves next fight be? With him firmly under the wing of his new promoters Sauerland, I am sure we will see Groves in a 3rd world title attempt, but the opportunity will be certainly not without risks, as he will be facing WBC Chamopin Anthony Direll once Durell has dealt with his next opponent after his win against another tough opponent Sakio Bika who both went 12 rounds in their brutal rematch in August. The Groves fight will certainly create a genuine interest amongst fight fans from both sides of the Atlantic, but I am sure Groves will have to take the journey to Direll’s backyard for this one.