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Groves enters Super Series

16 June 2017 National Sport

Last Updated: 16/06/17 6:35pm

George Groves celebrates after beating Fedor Chudinov at Bramall Lane

George Groves celebrates after beating Fedor Chudinov at Bramall Lane

George Groves will put his WBA belt on the line in the World Boxing Super Series in a bid to show he is the “best super-middleweight on the planet”.

Groves, , has officially entered the 16-man, two-weight elimination tournament which boasts the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

“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 168lbs.

Highlights from the WBA ‘super’ super-middleweight title fight between George Groves and Fedor Chudinov

“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 is the first super-middleweight to sign up for the series, while IBF champion Murat Gassiev, WBC holder Mairis Briedis and two-time former champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk have already entered the cruiserweight division.

In the inaugural season of the World Boxing Super Series, 16 elite fighters – eight super-middleweights and eight cruiserweights – will battle out a bracket-style elimination tournament. In both divisions, there will be four quarter-finals (September / October 2017), two semi-finals (early 2018) and one final (May 2018), making for a total of 14 high-class fights.

Further details and pairings will be revealed at a Draft Gala in Monaco in July.

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