Groves still has the States in his sights
PUBLISHED: 16:30 27 January 2010 | UPDATED: 14:52 24 August 2010
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By Ben Kosky GEORGE Groves insists an American debut remains firmly on his radar despite missing out on the chance to fight in Las Vegas this weekend. Groves, who overcame Grigor Sarahanian for his eighth straight professional win on Friday at Brentwood L
By Ben Kosky
GEORGE Groves insists an American debut remains firmly on his radar despite missing out on the chance to fight in Las Vegas this weekend.
Groves, who overcame Grigor Sarahanian for his eighth straight professional win on Friday at Brentwood Leisure Centre, had been due to fly to Vegas in search of the ninth.
But the Golden Boy show was called off after Andre Berto, who had been lined up to fight Sugar Shane Mosley for the world welterweight title at the top of the bill, pulled out in the devastating aftermath of the earthquake in his native Haiti.
"The American dream's not cancelled, it's on hold for a little bit," Groves told the Times. "But perhaps I might get out there for something even better. You definitely need to get out to the States as soon as possible, to get experience under your belt.
"That's where the best boxing is and it's what I want to do. Frank Maloney's got another show in a couple of weeks, though - maybe I can get on that or something similar."
The Hammersmith super-middleweight admits he is reluctant to return to Brentwood after lengthy traffic jams forced him to face Sarahanian with minimal preparation.
That showed in the opening round as the Bulgarian, 23, - a late replacement for Thomas Awinbono - landed some significant body shots and pinned Groves on the ropes.
But the former ABA champion found his range in the second, dropping Sarahanian to the canvas with a thunderous right-hander and repeating the trick at the end of the round.
The bell saved Sarahanian, but there was no stopping Groves, who rammed a left hook into his opponent's ribs to leave him gasping for breath and referee Jeff Hinds halted the contest 45 seconds into the third round.
"The biggest challenge was getting there - it took hours and I only got there 20 minutes before I went in the ring, so I had no warm-up time whatsoever," Groves explained.
"In that situation you're not going to have the perfect fight, with zero mistakes, and the first round was a little bit sloppy but, once I'd figured him out, the shots started landing.
"Left hook to the body is one of the shots I've been working on in the gym and it came off well.
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