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Anderson talks of title frustrations
IT has not been the best of weeks for Kenny Anderson, but the Stirk House boxer is sure that success is still only just around the corner. Anderson should have been taking part in the biggest fight of his career last night, for the British super middleweight title against George Groves, only for his highly rated opponent to pull out just four days beforehand.Determined to triumph, in what would have been a rematch after a dramatic first fight between the pair, Anderson had made sacrifices. Some were financial, some were more personal. A man of steel inside the ring, his tone softens when he speaks about the time spent away from his three children. “It is difficult because you’ve got training costs, living costs, mortgages,” said Anderson, who hails from Edinburgh but trains in East Lancashire with Kevin Maree, returning to Scotland only at weekends. “But there are other things that you just can’t get back, spending time with your family, missing things like parents’ evenings, sports days. “I’ve got three children – Dean’s 10, Jack’s eight and Olivia is five. You’re never going to get that time back. “I could train in Edinburgh but it’s a small city of 500,000 and you can’t expect it to have all the facilities you need.” Anderson, a gold medallist for Scotland at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, linked up with Maree in Gisburn on the recommen-dation of Barry McGuigan. His affection for the area has been strengthened by the support he has received this week after Stirk House said he would not have pay for his stay at the hotel during his ultimately fruitless training camp. “That was really nice of them because they didn’t have to do that,” said the 29-year-old. “You can stay at some places and it’s very clinical. It’s not like that at Stirk House, there’s that real Lancashire hospitality. “I’m a proud Scot but I do feel an attachment to Lancashire as well now.” Anderson’s bond with Maree is strong, and together they have got the Scot into a position where even the cancellation of the fight against Groves is not a complete disaster. He had knocked Groves down in their previous meeting in November 2010 only to be stopped in the sixth round after running out of steam, having taking the fight at just two weeks’ notice. That he gave Groves, who would later go on to beat James DeGale, such a scare caught the eye of many. It remains the only defeat of Anderson’s 16-fight professional career and the fact that he was made the mandatory challenger for Groves’ British title at the start of the year should mean he gets another opportunity. Groves’ promoter Frank Warren has said that last night’s scheduled Wembley Arena show will be rearranged but Anderson fears the London fighter will instead take a world title fight against German Robert Stieglitz. Purse bids took place in Hungary on Monday – just hours before Groves pulled out, although he insisted a back injury suffered in sparring was the reason. Groves or no Groves though, Anderson insists he will become British champion. “It has been really frustrating, but I’m trying to stay positive,” he said. “I’m in the shape of my life and I had supreme confidence in my own ability to win the fight. “It’s looking like I might not be fighting George Groves now and I’m disappointed it’s happened this way because I wanted to prove my point after last time. “But I had these setbacks as an amateur and early in my professional career. “These are the things that motivate you in the gym and when you’re running up Pendle Hill. “I’m still in a good position and I’m doing a job where I’m pursuing a dream. Not many people can say that. “We’re just waiting for the British Boxing Board of Control now. Whether it’s against George Groves or someone else for the vacant title, my next fight will be for the British title. “They’re talking about it being on the undercard of the Carl Froch fight in May in Nottingham. “Winning the British title would mean a lot because it’s a really prestigious belt, you know the list of people who have held the belt. “I know what I am and I know I’m capable of. “I know I’ll get there.”