The third time’s a charm for George Groves.
Groves will fight Badou Jack for the WBC super-middleweight title in the United States, the Briton’s promoters announced Thursday.
EBU (European) super-middleweight champion Groves is the mandatory challenger for the title after defeating Christopher Rebrasse last September, followed by a one-sided, seventh-round stoppage victory over Denis Doughlin.
Londoner Groves, who was twice defeated by former champion Carl Froch in back-to-back world title fights, was forced to take lesser fights, while Anthony Dirrell defended his WBC title against Jack in April.
In an upset, Jack defeated Dirrell by majority decision. Groves’ promoter, Sauerland Promotions, had hoped to win a purse bid scheduled Friday, but came to an agreement with Mayweather Promotions, Jack’s promoter, at the 11th hour to avoid a purse bid hearing.
A spokesman confirmed the fight is on.
“We have a deal; the fight is on,” confirmed the spokesman. “The WBC [super-middleweight championship between] Badou Jack and George Groves will take place in the United States.”
A date and venue have yet to be determined for the fight.
If James DeGale is able to defeat Andre Dirrell on Saturday for the vacant IB title in Boston on Saturday, a victory for Groves could potentially set up an all-British unification title fight. The two already have a history together. In May 2011, when Groves and DeGale were respectively 12-0 and 10-0, they fought for the BBBofC British super-middleweight title at the O2 Arena in London. In a very, very close fight, a bout that could have gone either way, Groves escaped with a majority decision victory.
Groves has since taken two losses, and DeGale has gone 10-0 with six knockouts since their fight. Now, both have a legitimate chance of putting on a fight that will have the world’s attention, and both men desperately want to prove who is the better man once and for all.