Groves signs with Frank Warren
British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion George Groves has signed a promotional deal with Frank Warren in a shock move that almost guarantees a rematch with bitter rival and now stablemate James DeGale.
The move will see Groves leave the Hayemaker promotional stable but remain under the tutelage of trainer Adam Booth, having signed a three-year deal with Warren in the hope that the promoter will secure him the world title shot that he craves.
Groves will now fight under the same banner as bitter rival James DeGale; making a rematch more likely after the unbeaten Hammersmith man’s close points win in May.
The news will surprise many after intense speculation that Groves was about to sign with promoter of the moment Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport, but the Londoner decided Warren had the ‘experience and ability’ to take him to the top.
‘I'm very happy that George has chosen to come under my promotional banner and we will now be involved in some big fights,’ said Warren. ‘He's a good fighter and the last fight against James DeGale was the first time I had worked with him.
‘Of course, everyone is asking about a return with James, who I represent, and it is an obvious fight that will definitely happen again. The last fight was very close and a few observers felt that it could have gone either way. One things for sure the public will want to see it again. It's a big domestic rivalry that will become ever bigger.’