Fri, 2017-10-20 15:51
One sided bout, it was always going to unlikely not to be, it was surpring to me it went the distance, I thought Groves was going to stop Rebrasse in 5, but although it was one sided, it was competitive, it was tough, gruelling, it was nonstop, it was very entertaining for the fans, in fact, there aren't many fights which are that one sided, which are so fan friendly.
Groves, I think was physically not right in this fight, he looked weak, tired, I think he was ill, he sounded like he had a bad virus when he spoke before the fight, but Groves is a warrior, he doesn't pull out of fights unless he really has to, and when knocked out cold, as he was by Carl Froch on May 2014, at Wembley Arena, he will get up the split second he fully wakes up, he'll be back soon, spar a beast like Gennady Golovkin, and jump into a European title fight.
Groves, in this fight, looked really slow, he was clumsy, his reflexes weren't there, his power wasn't what it usually is, his speed, punch resistance, stamina, everything was off. Groves started really fast, unnecessarily fast I thought, Rebrasse was very tough, he wasn't going to go early, Groves wanted to make a statement, but after Rebrasse soaked up all the power shots he absorbed so well from Groves in the first 3 rounds, Groves should have slowed the pace down in the next rounds, 4, 5, 6, just out jab the guy, keep him at bay, Groves would have saved himself taking a lot of punches down the stretch, a lot of fatuige, a lot of disappointment regarding the performance. Groves, I thought was gassed after 7 rounds, he looked very tried after 5, he threw she many punches, loaded up on every single one, missed a lot, won most of the rounds of not every round, against a guy who was levels below him, and was unable to stop that being the biggest factor, but Groves, making problems for himself with his reckless tactics. Groves should have attacked the body early, used the jab to the body through rounds 4-8, knocked more steam out of Rebrasse, tried something different, but what he should have definitely shown, was his ability to outbox Rebrasse.
I didn't like Paddy Fitzpatrick's advice late, "stop trying to knock this dude out just because your mind tells you you're tired, just win this fight, just win this belt, come on, you're fresh, you're composed", Groves didn't need that, he wasn't getting beaten up, he didn't need to be talked out of quitting, he didn't need that kind of motivation, he needed to channel that desire to work hard in the fight in order to knock his opponent out, but more specifically, he needed calm advice, from a trainer who uses the minute well, not too much advice, but enough, and not so many words, I mean, Fitzpatrick must have worded the same, etc thing at least 3 times there, and there was no real tactical advice about exactly what Groves was to do in the next round, very disappointing.
Thu, 2016-02-04 09:35
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