George Groves is set to return to the ring in September against Christopher Rebrasse for the Frenchman's European super middleweight championship and in a final eliminator for the WBC world super middleweight title.
Following his crushing defeat to Carl Froch at Wembley stadium in May, Groves will return to the setting where his hopes of a world title and finally getting one over on his long-term rival Froch ended.
The 26-year-old will return for his first bout since that dramatic night on September 20 and he will be hoping to get straight back to winning ways with two successive losses to Froch in IBF and WBA title fights still fresh in his mind.
Happy to be back
“It is great to be back at Wembley and back to world-class boxing,” he told the Daily Mail.
Groves was considered unlucky to lose the first contest with Froch – who had been floored in the opening round and was behind on the scorecards – however the referee Howard Foster stepped in and called it to a halt in the ninth round after the London fighter suffered some punishment.
Many of those inside the Manchester Arena that night and watching on their televisions at home were adamant that the referee stopped the pair’s epic battle too soon. Froch looked slow and leggy, while Groves’ hand-speed was causing him all sorts of problems.
The second fight’s result, however, was not up for debate in front of 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium. In a good tactical battle the Nottingham man ended the bitter rematch with an emphatic right hand in the eighth round, leaving Groves helpless on the canvas and confirming his status as the WBA and IBF super middleweight champion.
Hoping for no after effects
Groves will be hoping that the memory of that brutal knockout won’t affect him on his return to the ring and that he can get himself back in contention for a world title.
“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,” Groves added.
“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.”
Opponent should be no problem
Rebrasse has a record of 22 wins, two defeats and three draws, but only six of his wins have come inside the distance.
Groves, who has won 19 of his 21 fights, with 15 knockouts, has previously held the British and Commonwealth titles and should in my opinion have too much in his locker for his 28-year-old opponent to handle.
World title shot
Groves is hoping to secure a third world title shot and he knows that a win at Wembley this time around would set up a challenge for the WBC belt held by Sakio Bika.
The 35-year-old Australian is more experienced than Groves and has won 32 of his 40 fights, 21 by way of knockout. However he has lost five times and drawn three and it is certain that the Londoner would be confident of defeating him if they are to meet in a super middleweight title fight.
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