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Groves and Chudinov to clash for WBA 168-pound title

George Groves (right) on the attack against Martin Murray. Photo: Paul Currie
Fighters Network

George Groves will face Fedor Chudinov for the vacant WBA super middleweight title at Bramall Lane soccer stadium in Sheffield, England, on May 27.

Groves, who is rated No. 5 by THE RING at 168 pounds, is looking to land world honors at his fourth attempt following two losses to countryman Carl Froch and a split decision defeat to Badou Jack.

“It’s great to be back,” said Groves. ”Last year was a good year for me. I feel that the work I’ve been doing behind the scenes with (trainer) Shane (McGuigan) has really started to pay off, and I’m in a great position to capture the WBA title and push on from there.

“Fedor Chudinov is a good fighter. He proved that against Felix Sturm (split decision win in 2015), but I honestly believe that I will have too much for him. It has always been my dream to become world champion and now it’s my time and nothing will stand in my way.”

Promoter Nisse Sauerland said, “George will face a tough test from Chudinov, who has proved dangerous away from home with victories over Felix Sturm and Frank Buglioni. But George is an elite-level fighter who is only just reaching his prime. We’re confident he will realize his dream and Britain will have a new world champion.”

“I’m delighted to add another big world title fight to this show,” said Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn, who will promote the main event between IBF welterweight titleholder Kell Brook and Errol Spence.

“Since the Badou Jack defeat, George has worked his way back into position and is now on the verge of finally capturing that world title. It’s a very hard fight against a very tough Chudinov and I expect it to be an all-action affair. There will be 26,000 packed into Bramall Lane and British fight fans can expect another epic night.”

Chudinov is rated No. 8 by THE RING at super middleweight.

Information courtesy of a press release issued by Sauerland Promotions.

Tickets for the night are still on general sale priced as follows: tiered seating at £40, £60 and £80 and pitch seats at £80, £100, £150 and £200 –VIP Packages are sold out.

Tickets are on sale from Sheffield United’s Box Office at, on 0114 253 7200 and in person from the box office at Bramall Lane – all tickets purchased from Sheffield United are subject to a 10 per cent booking fee.




Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for and a member of THE RING ratings panel.  Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing

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