British super-middleweight contender, George Groves, has confirmed he will be boxing on in the wake of his latest world title disappointment, and will return on Jan. 30 in London on a jointly promoted Sauerland/Matchroom card at the city’s Copper Box Arena.
Groves was beaten by WBC super-middleweight champion, Badou Jack on the Sep. 12 Mayweather/Berto undercard, his third world title tilt, and after speculation that he could retire after deleting his social media accounts and splitting from trainer, Paddy Fitzpatrick, the Londoner has finally announced his intention to continue trying to claim that elusive world strap.
“It’s great to be back,” Groves said as promoters Sauerland announced his return. “I’m looking forward to boxing in London again. This is a chance for me start the New Year on the front foot.
“I want to get as many fights as possible and start building momentum as I look to work my way back into world title contention.”
No announcements have been made regarding an opponent for that date, or exactly what is happening regarding a new trainer, although there has been some speculation on social media that he could link up with London-based, Shane McGuigan, with whom Grove’s former stablemate David Haye has now officially hooked up with ahead of his January return against Mark De Mori.
Either way, WBC #3 Groves, will surely be looking toward some big domestic fights, perhaps against the likes of Liverpool’s emerging talent, Callum Smith, or bitter rival and current IBF champion, James DeGale.
An in-house fight with fellow Sauerland fighter, and WBO 168 lb champ, Arthur Abraham, will also hold appeal for the Londoner for later in 2016 after this Jan. return date is out of the way.