Groves will be looking to set up a title fight with Dirrell next year…
George Groves returns to the ring at Wembley Arena on Saturday as he takes on Christopher Rebrasse in a final eliminator for the WBC super-middleweight title.
The 26-year-old faces a must-win fight after suffering back-to-back defeats to Carl Froch over the past year, and he is fully aware that another loss on Saturday night would be disastrous for his career and dream of winning a world title.
Groves is confident that he has put the Froch knockout behind him as he looks ahead to stepping into the ring for the first time since that historic night at Wembley, but he faces a tough opponent in Rebrasse who is highly ranked in the super-middleweight division.
The Frenchman is the current European champion, but the bigger prize on offer for both fighters is the opportunity to face current WBC world champion Anthony Dirrell, after the American defeated Sakio Bika for the title in California last month.
While Dirrell is adamant that Groves does not deserve a chance at his belt, the Londoner is convinced that he has all the paperwork and guarantees that he needs to ensure that the fight does happen, and he will also be looking at another huge domestic fight in the future.
Groves admits that he would love another chance against Froch, but should James DeGale get his wish early next year and face the WBA and IBF champion, then a second meeting between the capital rivals could be in the offing.
It appears unlikely that Froch will get his wish of a fight in Las Vegas, and he has until the end of February to defend his IBF belt against mandatory challenger DeGale, or he will have to face the possibility of vacating his belt, something that his promoter Eddie Hearn believes he isn’t prepared to do.