Three-time world title contender George Groves will return to the ring on November 18 at Wembley Arena against Kazakh Eduard Gutknecht, a former world title challenger himself at two weights.
Groves will be defending his WBA International Super Middleweight belt that he won in April and has not been seen in the ring since defeating fellow Brit Martin Murray in a thrilling fight in June. The fight will be shown live on Channel 5 and the undercard will feature Andrew Selby amongst others.
Groves (24-3) has not lost since linking up with new trainer Shane Mcguigan, following his third world title attempt that ended in disappointment at the hands of Badou Jack last September, and will be hoping a win against Gutknecht can catapult him back in to world title reckoning.
His opponent comes in to the fight with a 30-1-4 record including defeats in two world title bouts at light heavy and super middleweight to established world champions in Jurgen Braehmer - who lost to Nathan Cleverly just last week - and Robert Stieglitz.
Whilst Gutknecht is hardly a big name in the boxing world, he has a solid record and has only been stopped once in his career so an eye catching stoppage win would certainly enhance Groves' chances of securing a big fight at the beginning of next year.
The 28-year-old Londoner had the following to say about the fight and his prospects going forward: “I believe that my performances this year, in particular the win over Martin Murray, has shown that I continue to be a serious force on the super middleweight scene"
“It goes without saying that I am now determined to challenge again, and this time succeed, in becoming world champion...To be back headlining in front of a home crowd close to west London is the perfect move for me.”
It will be the first time he has fought at Wembley Arena since his infamous first loss to Carl Froch and, whilst he is expected to win, it will be an interesting fight against a potentially awkward opponent that could set the blueprint for the rest of his career.
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