Saint set for San Jose scrap!!
Undefeated British & Commonwealth Super-middleweight champion George ‘The Saint’ Groves is all set for a mouthwatering ring return in San Jose, California. The 24 year-old will return to action Stateside on the undercard of the Robert Guerrero v Selcuk Aydin WBC Welterweight clash on July 28th.
The Saint is set for one of his toughest challenges to date, as he faces Mexican Francisco Sierra 25-5-1 (22 KO's). Sierra is a former Mexican champion and has been in with the likes of Edison Miranda and recently fought for the IBO World title. Groves, however is relishing the challenge and admits to being relieved to finally return to action after an unfortunate 8 month ring absence.
"It is more relief than anything now that I finally have a date to box", said Groves.
"It feels like a lifetime since I last fought and I need to make up for lost time seeing as I haven't managed one round of competitive fighting this year!
"I am very pleased to be making another appearance on such a big boxing card out in the US. I must thank GoldenBoy Promotions for giving me another chance to strut my stuff Stateside.
"The opponent Francisco Sierra is a very seasoned and tenacious fighter. He packs a punch and has a typical 'no holds barred' Mexican style. I can't wait to face this test, and finally show all the improvements I have made this year."
Groves hasn't boxed since a two round demolition of Paul Smith back in November last year. The Saint was set to travel to Germany to fight for a world title in only his 15th professional contest, but injury ruled out him out of the fight and, with an Autumn showdown with mandatory British challenger Kenny Anderson lined up, the Saint is thrilled to be boxing again.
"This will be a 10 round fight and shown live here on BoxNation as well as in America, so all the British fans who have waited so patiently to see me in action can tune in which is very important to me", said Groves.
"I'd like to thank every one of them who have given me so much support during the last few frustrating months.
"I plan to get my 2012 back on track with a bang, just in time for the start of the London Olympic Games!"
Ratings - World: 3/1,279
Ratings - British: 2/52
Residence: London, UK
Won: 25 (KO18)
Rounds Boxed: 176