George Groves Stops Denis Douglin Saturday Night

Denis Douglin, George Groves

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig


Denis Douglin had weigh in woes, but he had his moments during his Saturday scrap against George Groves; the scale fail, however, ultimately portended doom for the NJ-based boxer, who’s nicknamed “Da Mamma’s Bopy,” because mom Saphya works his corner.

Douglin, a lefty, found a home with both hands on the Brit Groves, who was last seen by many getting stopped by Carl Froch one year ago. He rebounded with a win over Chris Rebrasse in September and looked to rebuild upward another step underneath a Nathan Cleverly-Tony Bellew tussle.

In this effort, Groves (21-2) sent DD (17-4) to the mat in round seven and then kept up the pounding, forcing the ref to hop in and stop the outing.

A super middle title was up for grabs in Liverpool.

Douglin reached out to fans on his Facebook, and wrote:

“I don’t know what’s worse.. losing in front of the world.. or the way I feel watchin my mother cry in disappointment. . I know she’s proud either way.. but it sucks.. I apologize to every one who believed in me.. I had a great training camp and felt great going into the fight.. sparred a bunch of rounds with a bunch of good fighters. But for some reason, felt tired after the 3rd round today. no excuses.. got beat.. Worst feeling in the world..”



***Groves and Douglin come face-to-face at final press conference***

George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) and Denis Douglin (17-3, 10 KOs) came face-to-face for the first time at today’s press conference ahead of their WBC Silver World Super Middleweight Championship fight on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

There is a lot on the line for the ‘Saint’, who risks both his WBC Silver title and WBC mandatory position, when he faces the ‘Mommas Boy’ in front of a sell out crowd at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

‘It’s great to be back boxing in Liverpool,’’ said Groves. ‘’It’s been a successful place for me in the past. On Saturday, it’s going to be a great night of boxing and I’m really looking forward to it.

‘’It’s good to finally see Denis. He seems super charged and up for the fight. I’m expecting a tough fight but I’m fully prepared for it. We’ve had a fantastic camp. I’m ready to put into practice what we’ve been working on the past year. This is when we can really step it up a notch.’’

‘’I’m truly excited for this fight,’’ said Douglin. ‘’I’ve come here to win! I didn’t come over here just to lie down as an opponent. Although I’ve only had twenty fights, I consider myself a veteran. I’ve lost against people I wasn’t meant to lose against and beaten people I wasn’t supposed to beat. I’ve seen both sides of the spectrum when it comes to boxing and I can make the adjustments to handle anything.

‘’If he comes to box, I can box him. If he steps to me and he wants to fight, we can do that too, that’s what I love to do and that’s what the fans love. Whatever he brings to the table, I’m prepared for.’’

Groves’ clash with Douglin is part of a massive bill in Liverpool topped by the rematch between bitter rivals Cleverly and Bellew. One of Groves’ arch-enemies James DeGale takes on Marco Antonio Periban over 12 rounds at Super Middleweight, while the exciting Liverpool Super Middleweight Callum Smith faces Nikola Sjekloca in a WBC World title eliminator.

There are a pair of WBA World title bouts as Bury star Scott Quigg defends his Super Bantamweight title against Hidenori Othake and Jamie McDonnell defends his Bantamweight strap against Javier Chacon.

Olympic Heavyweight hero Anthony Joshua MBE takes on Michael Sprott in a British title eliminator, Matchroom Boxing’s newest signing Bradley Saunders aims to extend his unbeaten run in the Light Welterweight division while German KO star Vincent Feigenbutz makes his UK debut.

Cleverly v Bellew II is exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office on 22 November with George Groves, Anthony Joshua and James DeGale also on the bill.

Denis Douglin, George Groves

Photo Credit: Lawrence Lustig

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