The Saint will now box THIS SATURDAY, March 9th at Wembley Arena, live on Sky Sports, having had to withdraw from his scheduled bout for the European title.
Eddie Hearn announced an exciting three fight plan for his new signing, which will see Groves box as Chief Support to Froch v Kessler at the O2 Arena on May 25th before headlining his own show in London in September. Groves admitted to being excited about the future:
"I am really excited. It is a great move for me. I am excited about boxing this Saturday", said Groves.
"It's great to be boxing in London and Wembley is a great arena to box in so I'm really excited about getting in there on Saturday. I've had three fights in 18 months which is not ideal so it will be great for me to get out regularly.
"I'm healthy, I'm training hard and Eddie has promised to keep me busy so everything is looking good and I'm raring to get back into action.
"I have to admit it was hard for me to walk away from a fight for the European title which is very prestigious and which I would like to win. I feel sorry for my fans who have bought tickets to see me do that.
"But with Matchroom there is a plan which should take me to a world title bid. I'm at that level now where I'm knocking on the door for world titles and working with Matchroom and being on Sky Sports should help me get closer to that dream.
"I'm ranked No 1 with the WBO and [Arthur] Abraham v [Robert] Stieglitz fight for that in a few weeks so I'll be keeping a keen eye on that and I'll have just as close an eye on the Froch v Kessler fight as I really believe I could get a crack at the winner and I think Eddie knows I want that fight so it ties in nicely."
Hearn added: “I am delighted to welcome George to the Matchroom stable. He’s a tremendous talent and a real star in the super middleweight division – not just in the future but today. His debut for us on Saturday is a great addition to an already top class bill, and he’ll play a huge part in the Froch vs. Kessler night on May 25.” Tickets for Betfair’s ‘London’s Finest’ are on sale now priced £20, £30, £40, £60 and £80 from the Wembley Arena box office on 0844 815 0815 and www.wembleyarena.co.uk. VIP tickets priced £150 are available through Matchroom Boxing on 01277 359900 and at www.matchroomboxing.com
Ratings - World: 3/1,279
Ratings - British: 2/52
Residence: London, UK
Won: 25 (KO18)
Rounds Boxed: 176