Commonwealth Super-middleweight champion George Groves will return to action on July 31st on the undercard of Juan Manuel Marquez v Juan Diaz in Las Vegas.
The Saint will be hoping to make it third time lucky in completing his Vegas dream, having seen two previous stateside bouts fall through. Initially scheduled to fight on the undercard of Shane Mosley and Andre Berto’s cancelled welterweight clash in January, the 22 year-old also saw a place on the Mosley v Mayweather bill in May go up in smoke, or rather volcanic ash, as the dust cloud prevented him from flying.
“My previous frustrations for my delayed US debut have been hard to take but the right thing in hindsight”, said Groves.
“I want to put on a show, be my very best and win over fans stateside. I have 8 weeks to prepare for this fight so I will be in peak condition and ready to rock!
“The US have some very promising Super-middleweights starting to break through, it’s my job to show they won’t be having it all their own way in years to come on the biggest stage.
“GoldenBoy promotions have great faith in me, I plan to repay them with dazzling performances.”
Groves put in a superb performance last time out in April, becoming the first man to stop durable Ghanaian Charles Adamu with an impressive sixth round stoppage win that saw him claim the Commonwealth strap in just his ninth pro bout. However, his fight at the Mandalay Bay Resort will not be for that belt as he will instead take on Mexican Alfredo Contreras.25 year-old Contreras has a winning record of 11-7-1 with 5 wins coming via knockout and has been in with a number of Stateside prospects such as Canadian champion David Lemieux and Anthony Dirrell. Though the fight will not be a defence of that belt, the Londoner insists he will still be treating it as such.
“We are taking this fight very seriously. American fights are the best in the world. No slip-ups can happen so I am in full training and treating this like a defence of my title.
"In your boxing career if you never face a battle-hardened, blood thirsty Mexican fighting for his family from a small ghetto in the homeland frankly you haven't lived!"
“An actual defence is most likely to happen in September. There are only whispers of hope that might be at the moment but as I said before I will take on all-comers!”The Marquez v Diaz bill will be shown live on Sky Sports 1 from 2am.
Ratings - World: 3/1,279
Ratings - British: 2/52
Residence: London, UK
Won: 25 (KO18)
Rounds Boxed: 176