Groves wins vacant WBA super middleweight belt

George Groves believes the time is right for him to be crowned World Champion when he meets Fedor Chudinov on Saturday, May 27 at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Britain has another world boxing champion.

. I want to thank everyone who made this happen, Shane McGuigan who has resurrected my career, and now I'm mature enough to admit that he brings the best out of me.

Groves lost his three previous world titles fights to Carl Froch, twice, and Badou Jack.

The Briton claimed the vacant WBA world super-middleweight title with a relentless attack of clean punches that left Russian Chudinov dazed and immobile, prompting the stoppage. "I wasn't going to let this belt slip away".

But after registering his fifth win since losing to Jack, Groves is back among the super-middleweight elite to start chatter about a rematch with DeGale, who he out-pointed in 2011, in a world title unification clash. My jaw is a little bit sore this morning but I landed good shots which gave me momentum and pushed me forward. Chudinov didn't necessarily seem to be in any huge trouble, and there will probably be some suggestions that it was a quick hook, but he was taking consistent clean shots and simply not throwing back, so the referee had a call to make, and he chose to end the fight.

"There's certainly a lot of things I want to achieve before I hang up my gloves so there's no more time to be wasted".

"It's a terrible thing, I struggle with it, my wife struggles with it", Groves told the BBC.

Chudinov (14-2, 10 KOs), 29, lost the same WBA title by a disputed, majority decision to Felix Sturm in February 2016 and the Russian had not fought since.

Saturday was Groves' time though, revealing he now has the likes of IBF super-middleweight title holder James DeGale in his sights.

"Chudinov is a good opponent", said Groves.

Groves, from London, improved to 26-3 (19 KOs). But he's a good fighter and this is a solid match-up.

  • Julie Sanders