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George Groves must get more aggressive and turn on the power

By Declan Warrington

Published 28/01/2016

Rebuilding: George Groves is back in the ring on Saturday
Rebuilding: George Groves is back in the ring on Saturday

Gennady Golovkin believes George Groves remains capable of winning a world title - as long as he can rediscover the aggression and power he used to show.

The super-middleweight on Saturday begins rebuilding his career against Andrea Di Luisa at London's Copper Box Arena in his first outing since his third unsuccessful world-title fight, against Badou Jack in September.

That defeat was his third in five fights and third from three for a world title, and that it came against one of the more beatable champions in Jack has cast doubt over whether Groves can ever succeed at that level.

His performances have been in decline since impressing with his exceptional aggression before being controversially stopped in the first of his two defeats by Carl Froch, but Groves has since replaced trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick with Shane McGuigan.

Under Fitzpatrick he spent time sparring with Golovkin in California, and the feared IBF and WBA middleweight champion - described as the "new Mike Tyson" owing to his 31 knockouts from 34 fights - has seen enough to believe Groves can win a world title with an eventual fourth attempt.

Perhaps surprisingly, however, he has questioned Groves' power and aggression - each were previously considered two of his greatest strengths - but believes that improving both can lead to success.

"George is a good boxer, he's a good boxer," said Golovkin, who was speaking in London as a guest of William Storey Management.

"I don't feel he's strong, or has a lot of power, but he's a good boxer, has good distance, good balance, good combinations. I like his style.

"I remember George's last fight, he needed more power, more activity, more aggression. He's very smart, he's too smart to fight.

"I think (he can still win a world title), right now it's not a bad position for him, the (open) super-middleweight division, because he had a very close fight with Badou Jack, who's the WBC champion. It was a very close fight, (losing by) maybe one or two points.

"(His weakness is) I think power, just the power. He's a good boxer: he needs more power, so that when he punches (a fight's) finished."

Conrad Cummings will feature on the undercard at Carl Frampton's title fight with Scott Quigg at the Manchester Arena on February 27.

The undefeated middleweight said: "Carl Frampton v Scott Quigg is going to be one of the biggest boxing events of 2016 and I'm privileged to be part of it. I want to be challenging for a British or Commonwealth title in the next 12 months."

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