By Mark Whalley
- 12 September date for Groves’ latest challenge
- Fight will feature on Mayweather/Berto undercard
- Groves will start as favourite over surprise titlist Badou Jack
Las Vegas, USA – It has been confirmed that George Groves will challenge for Badou Jack’s WBC super-middleweight crown on 12 September.
Hammersmith’s 168 pound contender “Saint” George Groves has predicted it will be third time lucky in his quest to become world champion, as he takes on Sweden’s Jack.
When Groves became mandatory challenger for the title late last year, it was assumed he would be facing Anthony Dirrell, but the script was changed when Jack outpointed the American back in April, to the surprise of most experts.
And now that Floyd Mayweather’s farewell fight with Andre Berto has been set in stone for 12 September, Groves’ showdown with Jack – who is part of Mayweather’s stable of fighters – has been confirmed as part of the same card.
It will be the third time Groves has fought for a world title, having been stopped by Nottingham’s own Carl Froch in both of his first two tilts.
This, however, represents his most winnable chance, with Jack not considered to be the same calibre of fighter as Froch, despite his impressive dethroning of Dirrell.
It will also be an opportunity for Groves to impress upon a global audience. He is relatively little known by casual boxing fans outside of the UK, but prominently featuring on a Mayweather event will give him a new level of exposure to American fight fans.
Groves’ desire to emerge victorious will only have been intensified by seeing bitter British rival James DeGale win their private race to title glory by beating Anthony Dirrell’s brother Andre in May.
A Groves triumph will undoubtedly set the wheels in motion for a face-off between the two, in what would be a high-stakes rematch of their 2011 fight at the O2 Arena, won narrowly by Groves by a contentious decision.
But first, he must focus on Jack. We now know he has only a month longer to wait.