After losing his last two fights to IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch, George Groves (19-2, 15 KO’s) will be looking to put himself into position for a third world title fight when he faces #3 IBF, #3 WBC Christopher Rebrasse (22-2-3, 6 KO’s) in a WBC 168 pound eliminator bout on September 20th at the Wembley Arena, in Wembley, London, United Kingdom.
It’s difficult to say why the WBC is giving Groves a chance to fight in their eliminator, because he should have to work his way back to a title defense rather than being given a chance to fight in an eliminator bout for the WBC mandatory position. But Groves’ promoter at Sauerland Events are powerful, so it’s not all that surprising that he’s being given yet another shot at landing at landing a world title fight.
With that said, Groves knows that he can’t blow it this time, because if he does lose to Rebrasse or fail in a title challenge against WBC champion Sakio Bika, then he really will need to work his way back slowly to the top. There’s no way that any of the sanctioning bodies are going to let Groves fight for a world title with three consecutive defeats.
“In many ways this is a make-or-break fight, a fight I can’t afford to lose and I will make sure I don’t. I felt I was in a position not to take too many steps back and I don’t think I have taken a step back.”
Well, it’s hard to say that Groves hasn’t taken a step back from where he was in his last two fights, because after all, he is fighting a contender now instead of an actual champion in Rebrasse. We’re also talking about Groves fighting a guy with an arguably inflated ranking in Rebrasse, because this guy only has one notable win on his resume, and even that was against a fighter with limited talent in Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye. Rebrasse stopped him in his last fight in March of this year. It was from that win that Rebrasse was given his inflated ranking by the IBF and WBC.
In watching Rebrasse fight, he looks more like a C-level fighter than a guy ranked in the top 5. It’s perfect for Sauerland and Groves that Rebrasse was given that ranking, because it’s enabled Groves to put himself in position for year another world title shot. But it’s obviously not fair to the contenders that Groves is being pushed in front of in this fight given that he’s not even ranked in the top 15 by the WBC.
You can say that Rebrasse, with his inflated #3 ranking by the WBC, deserves to fight in a WBC eliminator bout to become the mandatory challenger for WBC champion Sakio Bika, but you can’t say the same thing about Groves. This guy doesn’t belong fighting in the WBC’s eliminator at 168 given his back to back knockout losses to Froch and his lack of a top 15 ranking.