23rd September 2011

British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion George Groves has been voted Britain’s best young boxer of 2011 by the Boxing Writers’ Club.

The 23-year-old Londoner beat rival and former Olympic champion James DeGale in May to claim his Lonsdale belt and extend his unbeaten record to 13-0, 10KOs – in this his 3rd year as a professional.

Groves, makes the first defence of his British belt against Paul Smith on November 5th at Wembley Arena, which will be shown live on Frank Warrens new BoxNation on Sky Channel 456 and Groves thanked his team after picking up his gong.

“I’m chuffed to have been voted young boxer of the year.” said Groves

“There are a lot of talented fighters in the UK at the moment and to just be considered for this fantastic award is great.

“I thank everyone who has voted for me and my team who have helped guide me through a testing year.”

Groves is the seventeenth boxer promoted by Warren to have won the award, following last year’s winner WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion Nathan Cleverly.

Warren said, “It’s fantastic news that George has been awarded the Best Young Boxer of the Year award. He’s got a big fight coming up against Paul Smith on November 5th in London that will be shown live on BoxNation.”

Adam Booth, Groves’ 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.”

Manchester’s unbeaten British heavyweight champion Tyson Fury was runner-up in the votes cast by the sports journalists.

By Chris Maylett

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