Carl Froch will defend his IBF and WBA super middleweight titles against unbeaten British rival George Groves in all-British clash set to take place in late November or early December, with a venue set to be confirmed.
Froch added the WBA title to his IBF belt when he defeated Mikkel Kessler in a thrilling rematch at the O2 Arena in May, with unbeaten Groves capturing the vacant WBA Inter-Continental title on the same bill with a fifth-round stoppage of Noe Gonzalez Alcoba.
Groves has been pushing for a fight with the UK’s No1 boxer and was recently named as the mandatory challenger for the ‘Cobra’s’ IBF belt, prompting Froch to take up the challenge rather than vacate the title. Froch had been looking for the rematch with Andre Ward, the only other man other than Kessler to have beaten him, but has now warmed to the fact that a fight with the Londoner is the one that will capture the imagination of British sports fans.
“I’m excited the first defence of both my belts is a big domestic clash,” said Froch. “I am a proper fighter and a proper champion and I will always face my mandatory challenger rather than vacate the title.
“I’ve known George for a while, I’ve sparred with him and watched him grow and now he’s my mandatory. I will be pouring everything into my preparation for the fight and George will face the very best of me.”
Groves added: “This is the biggest fight of my career and being a world champion is something that I dreamed of as a kid. I’m well ranked across all the governing bodies but fighting Carl is the one that I wanted the most.
“He is a big name in the UK and a well-respected champion around the world, and I have a great team around me that can put together the right game plan to beat him and become a world champion and a major force in the super middleweight division.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn says fans can expect an exciting night of boxing with a packed undercard when full details of the fight are released.
“I’m delighted to have got this fight made,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “It’s a great fight for British boxing with a real throwback feel to the big domestic fights in the super middleweight fights in the 90s.
“When George became the mandatory challenger, I knew there was no way Carl would relinquish the belt and no way that George would look anywhere else.”