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George Groves Scores a Dominant Unanimous Decision over Glen Johnson

by on Dec.17, 2012, under Boxing News

By Adeyinka Makinde

 

Groves (at right) rallies against Johnson (photo courtesy of Skysports.com)

Groves (at right) rallies against Johnson (photo courtesy of Skysports.com)

 LONDON, Saturday, December 15th – George Groves, the Commonwealth super-middleweight champion, floored Glen Johnson in the 12th and final round en route to a lop-sided unanimous decision.

 The 24-year-old Groves was made to work hard at times by the wily, determined Johnson who coming into this bout had lost four of his last five fights.

 The first round presented what would essentially follow as the recurring pattern of the bout. Johnson, with his hands held high, pressed the champion who boxed at a distance and punctuated his lateral movement with firmly delivered jabs, crosses and hooks to the body.

 Many were blocked by the challenger’s tight defence but a right cross by Groves penetrated Johnson’s guard and hurt him. Groves’ went in for the kill; teeing off with power-laced punches as he drove the backpedalling Johnson from one side of the ring to another.

 The bell ending the round sounded with Johnson’s back impressed on the ropes, but surviving well enough to invite the speculation as to whether Johnson planned to exhaust Groves until he wilted.

 If that was the plan, it did not work for the challenger who is Groves’ senior by 19 years. Although Johnson had some successes in his counters delivered from short range, Groves outworked him and landed the more solid shots. In the fifth round, a right from Groves broke through Johnson’s guard and hurt him.

 As in the case of the first, Groves in anticipation of a knockout, stormed at his opponent and unleashed a furious barrage as Johnson, trapped on the ropes, bobbed and weaved in a largely successful attempt at evasion. The bell came to his rescue.

 Johnson had his successes in a number of the subsequent rounds with short counters, but Groves consistently outworked him even when appearing slightly puffed at his futile attempts to floor Johnson or weaken him to the point of submission.

 Groves finally got his man on the floor in the twelfth, but the final bell sounded seconds after the referee had given Johnson a standing eight count.

Johnson (far left) awaits the decision (photo by Adeyinka Makinde)

Johnson (far left) awaits the decision (photo by Adeyinka Makinde)

 The judge’s scores were 120-107, 120-107 and 119-109.

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 In another bout on the bill, Billy Joe Saunders outpointed Nick Blackwell to win the vacant British middleweight championship. He also retained his commonwealth title.

 (C) Adeyinka Makinde (2012)

 

Adeyinka Makinde at the 'Jersey Boy' book signing at Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Clifton Commons, New Jersey, USA. September 2nd 2010.

Adeyinka Makinde at the 'Jersey Boy' book signing at Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Clifton Commons, New Jersey, USA. September 2nd 2010.

Adeyinka Makinde is the author of DICK TIGER: The Life and Times of a Boxing Immortal. His latest book is JERSEY BOY: The Life and Mob Slaying of Frankie DePaula.

Website: http://adeyinkamakinde.homestead.com/

Blogsite: http://adeyinkamakinde.blogspot.co.uk/

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