Undercard to Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight clash with Charles Martin, there is another important fight between George Groves and David Brophy on April 9 at the O2 Arena, London.
Groves (22-3, 17 KOs) will battle Brophy (16-0-1, 1 KOs) for the vacant WBA International Super Middleweight belt. If Groves manages to pass through this test, which many expect him to do, he will stake his claim for a WBC title shot in the near future.
Later this month, Badou Jack is defending his WBC title against Lucian Bute and if he comes out on top, he’ll most likely get a unification fight against the winner of James DeGale vs Rogelio Medina.
“He’s going to have to step up. He’s never boxed anyone who is at my level, but he’s young, he’s hungry, he speaks well and seems like a really nice guy and this is his chance so I’m expecting the best Brophy there is,” said Groves to skysports.com.
Groves is expecting a tough fight against Brophy but expecting to win at the same time. After the match he will target Callum Smith who is currently ranked No. 1 with WBC.
“He’s got power and knows how to finish the job; it’s hard to gauge the performance from a first round, but he boxed really well, so take nothing away from him and if there is a possibility of taking that fight, then 100 per cent I’ll take it,” said Groves about Callum Smith.
After a good start to his professional career, winning 19 consecutive fights without a loss, Groves has been inconsistent to say the least, losing thrice in previous six fights. Let’s hope he will now get back to his best and become a champion.