Undefeated British & Commonwealth Super-middleweight champion George ‘The Saint’ Groves has been nominated the Best Young Boxer of the Year for 2011 by the prestigious Boxing Writers' Club.
The Saint produced one of the performances of 2011 when he out-pointed bitter rival James DeGale to become British Super-Middleweight champion in May at London's O2 Arena. He began the year as Commonwealth champion and stopped Daniel Alottey in four in a March tune-up for the DeGale bout, having previously stopped unbeaten Scot Kenny Anderson in a thrilling contest towards the end of 2010.
A delighted Groves said, "I am chuffed to have been voted Young Boxer of the Year. There are a lot of talented fighters in the UK at the moment and to just be considered for this award is fantastic.
I thank everyone who has voted for me and my team who have helped guide me through a testing year."
Adam Booth, Groves' trainer and manager, said, "Many thanks to the Boxing Writers' Club. Our aim is to do this award justice by turning this young boxer into a world champion."
Ratings - World: 1/1,369
Ratings - British: 1/79
Residence: London, UK
Won: 25 (KO18)
Rounds Boxed: 176