George Groves vs. Eduard Gutknecht Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 11/18/16
Gutknecht vs. Groves
Boxing: Friday, November 18, 2016 (Wembley Arena)
The Line: Gutknecht +1300 / Groves -2575 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
George Groves and Eduard Gutknecht fight in a boxing match Friday night at the Wembley Arena for the WBA International super-middleweight title.
George Groves enters this fight with a 24-3 record that includes 18 knockouts. Groves has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a June win over Martin Murray. Groves has been on a tear since his controversial loss to Badou Jack and will be defending a belt for the third straight bout. Groves has proven to be one of the better boxers in the United Kingdom, as his athleticism and hand speed are some of the best in the sport. Groves also has power to go with that quickness, as six of his last eight victories have been decided by knockout. Groves looks to win four straight fights for the first time since 2012-13. Groves has fought much of his career in London, his birthplace.
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Eduard Gutknecht enters this fight with a 30-4-1 record that includes 13 knockouts. Gutknecht has won five of his last six fights and is coming off a June win over Artem Redko. Gutknecht has been rather consistent lately and despite not being a power puncher, he has produced knockouts in three of his last four victories. Gutknecht is a boxer who likes to stay busy and throws in a lot of combinations and a ton of punches each round. If Gutknecht is allowed to dictate the pace of the fight and be aggressive, he’s more than capable of hanging around. Gutknecht enters this fight with 244 rounds under his belt and was the European light-heavyweight champion a few years ago, so he will also have a big experience advantage over Groves. This will be Gutknecht’s first fight in London and third outside of Germany.
Overall, the only advantage Gutknecht has is in the experience department, as he’s boxed 80 more rounds than Groves and has six years over him as well. Groves is younger, faster and simply the better skilled boxer who can breakdown Gutknecht and has the power to eventually knock him out. The only stoppage Gutknecht has experienced was a 2013 RTD against Dmitry Sukhotsky, a fighter who isn’t half as skilled as Groves.
This fight seems like your routine title defense and Groves should have little trouble keeping his belt.