George Groves has been given the opportunity to fight the WBO champion, Robert Stieglitz, for the chance to take the world title in May. The former pugilist is the favourite to snatch victory, in the world of boxing betting, coming in at 10/11.
The 24-year-old undefeated British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion from London will take on the Russian-born German in Erfurt, Germany, on 5th May.
Groves had to pull out of a second defence of his British and Commonwealth titles against the Scot, Kenny Anderson, last month, because of a back injury but is fully recovered now. He said: “Me and my team believe now is the correct time to move up to world level and are 100 per cent confident that Britain will soon have another world champion.
“We know that Stieglitz is a great fighter and an experienced champion but we also know we have all the attributes to beat him.”
Stieglitz will be defending his WBO belt for the sixth time. The 30-year-old has only been beaten twice in his previous 43 bouts.
Meanwhile, Groves has only boxed on 14 occasions as a professional, winning all of the fights.
Groves beat James DeGale on a split decision last year after 12 closely-fought rounds to clinch the British and Commonwealth super-middleweight crown.
He also beat DeGale, who went on to win a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, six years ago when both men were amateurs.
Groves defended his British and Commonwealth super-middleweight crown in fine style, five months ago, when he knocked Paul Smith out in the second round at the Wembley Arena.