Groves joins up with Hearn

  • Last Updated: March 4 2013, 21:21 GMT

George Groves has become the latest fighter to link up with Matchroom Boxing - one day after his split with Frank Warren was announced.

Groves joins up with Hearn

The highly-rated Commonwealth super-middleweight champion was due to compete on March 16 for the vacant European title against Mohamed Ali Ndiaye but that bout was scrapped when he parted company with Warren on Sunday.

Groves has now decided to join Eddie Hearn's stable and will make his first appearance under his new promoter against unheralded Argentinian Dario German Balmaceda over 10 rounds at Wembley Arena on Saturday before plotting a world title shot.

"It's a very exciting opportunity for me. I've known Eddie for quite a while now, he's doing great things promotionally and I'm excited to be a part of it," said Groves.

"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."

Groves came of age when he defeated domestic and bitter rival James DeGale via a majority decision in May 2011, while he was impressive in beating rugged veteran Glen Johnson on points in his last outing in December last year.

The 24-year-old, who has been confirmed as the chief support slot to fellow super-middleweight Carl Froch's re-match with Mikkel Kessler on May 25, is looking to challenge the winner of Arthur Abraham and Robert Stieglitz's clash for the WBO crown.

"I'm at that level now where I'm knocking on the door for world titles," he added.

"I've had to give up my spot as the mandatory for the European title but hopefully that door isn't shut and it's still a possible route, but I'm well ranked in the governing bodies and I want to fight for a world title.

"I'm ranked number one with the WBO and Abraham and Stieglitz fight for that in a few weeks so I'll be keeping a keen eye on that.

"I'll have just as close an eye on the Froch vs 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."


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