George Groves’ WBA super-middleweight title defence against Chris Eubank Jnr will take place at the Manchester Arena on February 17.
The champion, from London, had hoped their highly-anticipated World Boxing Super Series semi-final would take place in the capital, potentially at one of its football stadiums.
The series’ promoters have now said he will instead return to the Manchester Arena for the first time since one of his finest performances in his first fight with Carl Froch, in 2013, when he dropped the then-defending champion and outboxed him before the controversial late stoppage.
Brighton’s Eubank Jnr faces his most dangerous fight to date, but like Groves – who made the first defence of his title by stopping Jamie Cox in four rounds at Wembley Arena last month – impressed during the competition’s quarter-final stage.
The 28-year-old travelled to Germany, where he defeated Avni Yildirim of Turkey via knockout in the third round, and will fight for a recognised world title for the first time.
A mutual rival of Eubank Jnr and the 29-year-old Groves, IBF champion James DeGale, returns to the ring against America’s Caleb Truax on December 9 and has spoken of his desire to fight the WBSS’ overall winner.
DeGale said in October: "For the first time in my life I'll be Groves' biggest fan, hopefully for two nights.
"Initially I favoured Eubank for their semi-final but after watching each of their last performances I'm leaning George's way. I sure hope I'm right and he goes all the way.
"They're doing this tournament without the best super-middleweight in the world. I intend to prove that by beating the winner. And boy do I want it to be George."
Fellow Briton Callum Smith is scheduled to fight Germany’s Jurgen Braehmer in the other semi-final, on a date and location that is still to be confirmed.
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