Kenny Anderson gets Groves rematch

REMATCH: Kenny Anderson
REMATCH: Kenny Anderson

KENNY Anderson’s British super-middleweight title challenge against undefeated George Groves will headline the Wembley Arena on Friday, March 16.

The 29-year-old Scot, who fights out of Gisburn-based Maree Leisure Boxing, has reigned supreme in bouts against John Rea, Lee Duncan and Paul Morby, forcing stoppages in all three, since his setback against Groves in November 2010.

But promoter Frank Warren has won the purse bids to stage the fight, a rematch of their previous war that saw Groves heavily floored in the third round, only to fight back and stop the Edinburgh hardman in the sixth.

Groves said: “Anderson did well to get to the mandatory position and I’m more than happy to take him on again.

“I’m really going to relish it this time around and I’ll do a much better job on him.

‘“Since I beat him, I’ve faced a much higher calibre of opponents than he has, and picked up much more experience against James DeGale and Paul Smith.

“With the tougher fights, my confidence has come on loads, especially after the way I won my last fight against Smith, and I believe that I’m a much better fighter now.

“It will be far more one-sided this time. He’s a strong man, but I won’t let him get in the fight at all – it will all be one-way traffic.

“That doesn’t mean I’m underestimating him, he’ll be out to beat me and I’ll be training harder than ever.”

Warren said: “Anderson complained that he didn’t get enough notice to prepare the first time, but he’s got plenty this time.

“The first fight was exciting, and I’m sure the rematch will live up to all expectations.”