New WBA super middleweight titleholder George Groves will compete in the World Boxing Super Series elimination tournament.
Groves, who is rated No. 3 by THE RING at 168 pounds, is coming off an impressive sixth-round stoppage victory over Russian Fedor Chudinov and is eager to defend his title in this unique tournament format.
“I see the World Boxing Super Series as a chance for me to show everyone that I’m the best in the division,” said Groves. “I believe I am the best super middleweight on the planet and certainly the man to beat at 168 (pounds).
“I am proud to bring my WBA super middleweight title to the tournament. I want to continue to test myself against the best and I am ready and willing to fight anyone. It will be exciting to see who else has the courage to enter such a brutal competition.
“The World Boxing Super Series is exactly what fighters and fans need – a simple and straightforward way to determine the best fighter in the division. I am really keen to be the first super middleweight to lift the Muhammad Ali trophy.”
Groves sustained a broken jaw in his bout with Chudinov and underwent surgery. The inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series will commence in September.
The super middleweight tournament will run concurrently with another featuring world class cruiserweights. IBF titleholder Murat Gassiev, WBC titleholder Mairis Briedis and former titleholder Krzysztof Wlodarczyk have already signed on.
Information provided courtesy of a press release issued by World Boxing Series
Tom Gray is a UK Correspondent/ Editor for RingTV.com and a member of THE RING ratings panel. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing
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