Saint to return on September 20th!
George 'The Saint' Groves has confirmed he will be back in action on September 20th as he takes on Christopher Rebrasse in a final eliminator for the WBC world title at Wembley Arena.
In the biggest fight in British Boxing history, Groves failed in his bid to dethrone IBF and WBA champion Carl Froch at Wembley Stadium in May, but after joining forces with promoter Kalle Sauerland, the Londoner has been put straight back into the world title mix.
Rebrasse, who holds a professional record of 22 wins from 27 encounters, won the European title in March and is currently ranked number three with the WBC.
That means the winner of the fight could secure a showdown with either Sakio Bika or Anthony Dirrell, who meet for the WBC strap next month and Groves admitted to being delighted with the fight:
"It is great to be back at Wembley and back to world-class boxing," he said.
"Last time I was here it didn't go as well as I would've hoped but I think I have proved I belong here.
"Sometimes it takes just one punch and that is what ended my ambition to be world champion back in May but we are back on the road - the journey will continue.
"Win this fight and I am back in the picture, that is vitally important - I can't wait to be world champion and it will happen in the near future. It is good to be back in boxing and back in at the deep end."
To prepare for his showdown with the Frenchman Groves has travelled to America where he is currently training alongside undefeated WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
“We're training out here, we’ve started camp. I’m training with Gennady Golovkin and his trainer Eddie Sanchez, and having a great time,” said Groves.-
Big Bear is a small city in San Bernadino Mountains which has previously been used for a training camp by boxers such as Mike Tyson and Oscar De La Hoya.
“It’s a fantastic place,” added Groves. “There are plenty of places to get really good food, some fantastic runs to do, the scenery and the clean air. You are at altitude, so it’s harder to breath up here and you’re fitness improves much more drastically than down at normal level.
“They’ve got great facilities and this moment in time there’s great sparring for me as well, you can definitely see the appeal for lots of American fighters.”
“We’re going to be in the States for around a month, we’re going to move around a bit, we are going to spend some time in LA and Vegas.
“I 100% wanted to get back in the gym, especially after a loss,” added Groves. “I’m craving success and I want to be world champion.
“For me the most important thing is that this fight has been nominated to be a final eliminator for the WBC, so after a painful loss I’m straight back in at world level with an opportunity to be fighting for a world title in the near future, possibly if I get through this fight it could be before Christmas.”
Victory over Rebrasse will secure Groves a shot at the WBC title, currently held by Sakio Bika, who defends against Anthony Dirrell on August 16.
“It’s a tough one to call, you go with Bika because of his experience but Dirrell might be that more hungry. I think they both tough fights but both winnable for me, I look forward to getting past Rebrasse and taking on whoever comes through their bout.
“I’m confident of beating both men and for me it’s all about becoming world champion and fortunately I’m in a position where that dream can come true.”
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Groves v Rebrasse: Full Press Conference
The full press conference announcing the WBC Final Eliminator clash between George Groves and Christopher Rebrasse.
Ratings - World: 8/975
Ratings - British: 2/65
Residence: London, UK
Won: 19 (KO15)
Rounds Boxed: 112