Undefeated British & Commonwealth Super-middleweight champion George ‘The Saint’ Groves will make the first defence of his new British crown against former champion Paul Smith at Wembley on November 5th.
The fight will be shown live on new sports TV channel 'BOXNATION', Sky channel 456, a new venture from veteran promoter Frank Warren. BOXNATION is billed as the first ever channel dedicated to serving the UK's live fight community, with two live championship promotions from the UK and around the world being shown each week. The Saint will feature on a bumper bill of action on Saturday 5th November that also sees Ricky Burns' WBO Interim World Lightweight Title fight against Michael Katsidis and the Super-middleweight clash between WBO World Super-Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz and former WBC Champion Mikkel Kessler.
Talking of the fight against Smith, Groves said:
'It's great. It's been a while since I've been in the ring. I've spent a lot of time in the gym, so I can't wait now to get back in the ring.
'I'll be putting myself under a lot of pressure because I have to somehow beat him better than he got bashed up this time last year. That's going to be hard to do, because he was atrocious.
'But he's going to be hungry, he wants to get his titles back, so it'll be a good fight. It'll be a good fight for the fans, and I'm really looking forward to it.'
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Ratings - World: 3/1,279
Ratings - British: 2/52
Residence: London, UK
Won: 25 (KO18)
Rounds Boxed: 176