Groves ready to fight on Froch-Kessler undercard
GEORGE Groves has joined super-middleweight rival Carl Froch in the Matchroom stable.
Groves, who was with Frank Warren, will box for the first time under his new promoter on the Betfair 'London's Finest' bill at the Wembley Arena on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.
Groves is also the first fighter to be confirmed for the undercard of the huge Sky Box Office clash, Froch v Kessler II at the O2 Arena on Saturday May 25.
Coincidentally, the 24-year-old's biggest win came on a Sky Box Office bill at the O2 when he saw off bitter rival James DeGale.
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"It's a very exciting opportunity for me," said Groves, who faces Argentine Dario German Balmaceda over ten rounds on Saturday.
"I've known Eddie for quite a while now. He's doing great things promotionally and I'm excited to be a part of it.
"Wembley is a great arena to box in so I'm really excited about getting in there on Saturday.
"It will be great for me to get out regularly. I'm healthy, I'm training hard and Eddie has promised to keep me busy so everything is looking good and I'm raring to get back into action."
Groves' chief-support slot on the Froch v Kessler bill will land just over two years since he beat DeGale in an enthralling contest and Groves expects to be in another huge fight on May 25. He is targeting the winner of Arthur Abraham v Robert Stieglitz, as well as holding more than a passing interest on the main event at the O2.
"It is massive worldwide exposure for me and a step in the right direction," said Groves. "I'm at that level now where I'm knocking on the door for world titles.
"Working with Matchroom and being on Sky Sports should help me get closer to that dream. I expect that will be a big fight as chief support to the main event.
"I've had to give up my spot as the mandatory for the European title but hopefully that door isn't shut and it's still a possible route.
"I'm ranked No.1 with the WBO. Abraham and Stieglitz fight for that in a few weeks so I'll be keeping a keen eye on that.
"I'll have a close an eye on the Froch v Kessler fight as I really believe I could get a crack at the winner.
"I think Eddie knows I want that fight so it ties in nicely."
Hearn added: "I am delighted to welcome George to the Matchroom stable. He's a tremendous talent and a real star in the super-middleweight division – not just in the future but today.
"He will play a huge part in Froch v Kessler on May 25."
Carl Greaves had two title winners out of three on his sell-out show at North Hykeham on Saturday night.
Ryan Clark put up a gutsy fight, but was stopped in the seventh round by the classy Martin Concepcion for the vacant Midlands super-middleweight belt.
But Amir Unsworth pipped Chris Truman 96-95 for the Masters light-welterweight title and Steve Spence stopped Steve Swinburn in the eighth round to lift the vacant Masters light-middleweight belt.
Adam Kettleborough beat journeyman Kristian Laight 40-36 and Paul Butlin got past Ugandan cruiser Moses Matovu 40-36.
Newark-based Latvian Pavels Senkovs boxed a draw with Qasim Hussain at the Don Valley Stadium. Senkovs took the fight at late notice.