George Groves will travel to the USA later this year to face Badou Jack in the first defence of his WBC super-middleweight world title since defeating Anthony Dirrell.
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The Londoner has been the mandatory challenger for the WBC strap for some time, and after months of chasing Dirrell he has had to switch his focus to Jack with the two parties initially set to go to purse bids.
However, Team Sauerland, who promote Groves, announced on Thursday that he would be travelling to the States as a deal had been struck with Mayweather Promotions to make the fight happen.
“We have a deal. Fight is on. Badou Jack v George Groves will take place in USA. Date and site to be confirmed soon,” Kalle Sauerland tweeted out to his followers.
It will be the third title shot of Groves’ career after his two previous failed attempts against Carl Froch, while he will be closely following events in Boston this weekend as rival James DeGale takes on Andre Dirrell.
The British duo have both insisted that they are open to a rematch further down the line, and it could well come as early as next year in a huge unification bout at a stadium in the summer.
Promoter Eddie Hearn had hoped to get the pair back in the ring for the vacant IBF title this month, but Groves argued that the fight could be much bigger and adding two world titles to the mix would certainly help achieve that.
However, both men will have their eyes on the more immediate prize as they both hope to end their wait to become world champions in a division packed with talent.