Saint set for WBC world title shot!

George 'The Saint' Groves is set to challenge Badou Jack for the WBC world super-middleweight title in the USA.

Las Vegas-based Swede Badou Jack handed Anthony Dirrell his first professional defeat to win the WBC title, claiming a majority decision over the American at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago in April and will now face mandatory challenger Groves in his first defence in the summer.

Jack (19-1-1) received winning scores of 116-112 and 115-113, whilst the third had it even at 114-114.

Jack, who fights under the banner of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s promotional company, said: "I was in great shape and I believed in myself.

"All that talk don't matter. I knew they couldn't rob me. I thought I clearly won. It was a tough start to my career, but now I'm a world champ."

The 31-year-old Jack has won three straight fights after being stopped in the first round by Derek Edwards in 2014 and now has Groves in his sights, stating: "I want George Groves next."

The Saint watched on from ringside and, talking to ESPN, said he'd be happy to return Stateside for a fight with Jack in the Summer.

"I'm mandatory challenger and the rules stipulate he has to fight me within 90 days and we will try and start negotiations as soon as possible.

"He's promoted by Floyd Mayweather who I imagine is a bit busy at this moment in time but his manager has already been in touch with my promoter [Sauerland Promotion].

"His first comment after he beat Dirrell was he wanted the fight with me so it shouldn't be difficult to put together. I want to box as soon as possible and hopefully it will be done by the end of August.

"Whether it's London or Las Vegas, where he is based, I don't mind because I'm just excited to be fighting for the belt.

"American fighters see it as a slight to have to travel, especially if they are champions, so I may have to go there.

"I've travelled before in my career so it doesn't bother me and I was expecting to have to travel if I was going to be boxing Dirrell instead.

"It would be nicer to give the people in London a chance to watch me fight in London but if it's in Vegas or somewhere else in America, no problem."

Groves admits he was left surprised by the Jack's triumph by majority decision after he was knocked out in a round a year ago by Derek Edwards.

"I had been trying to force the Dirrell fight for ages and thought they had given him a picnic fight with Jack because he had got blasted out in a round last year.

"But it wasn't like Jack took a beating in that fight and he did really well against Dirrell. He's a good fighter and does all the basics really well. He's nice and tidy but I don't think he punches that hard and there are a few things to take advantage of.


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Groves previews Dirrell v Jack:

George Groves talks to Sky Sports ahead of the WBC world title fight between Anthony Dirrell and Badou Jack.






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