Groves eyeing shot at the WBC title later this year…
George Groves is hoping for Anthony Dirrell to defeat Sakio Bika in their rematch for the WBC super-middleweight world title in California on Saturday night.
The Londoner returns to the ring on September 20 against Frenchman Christopher Rebrasse for the European title at Wembley Arena, with a view to facing the winner of Dirrell vs Bika 2.
The pair met previously for the WBC strap, but the encounter ended in a controversial draw back in December and they have now agreed on a rematch to settle their differences.
Meanwhile, Groves will be looking to get back to winning ways after consecutive losses to Carl Froch, with his domestic rival securing a knockout win at Wembley Stadium last time out.
Now with a new promotional team behind him and seemingly on a new path towards a world title, Groves is eager to move closer towards realising his dream, and he hopes that he it will come against Dirrell.
“I would say I would rather see Dirrell win simply because I know him a bit better and fighting him looks like more fun,” he told Sky Sports.
“He’s got that spitefulness, which I like. The family name carries weight on both sides of the Atlantic. Also, with a name like that, any fight is less likely to have it stopped with a cut or something.
“When they see the name Dirrell, they want to see it go the full 12 rounds!”
Nevertheless, Groves is fully focused on his next fight as he can ill-afford another slip-up on the back of two losses, but in the meantime he is backing Kell Brook to return from the US with the IBF welterweight title after he takes on Shawn “Showtime” Porter.
Groves spent time sparring with Porter over 10 years ago but doesn’t believe that his style has changed that much since, and insists that Brook will have to control him with the jab in order to slow him down and “catch him on the way in” and envisages that the Sheffield-born fighter will take the victory on points.