George Groves is hoping to land a World title in his fourth attempt as he takes on Fedor Chudinov for the vacant WBA Super -Middleweight title when the two face off at Bramall Lane in Sheffield, on the 27th May 2017 live on Sky Sports.
Groves and Chudinov will be the chief support fight to the IBF World Welterweight title bout between Kell Brook and Errol Spence on the same night.
Groves had two epic clashes with Carl Froch in England in which he lost and then went to Las Vegas where he lost out to Badou Jack on a split decision.
Russian Chudinov gained the WBA title back in May 2015 with a win over German Felix Sturm. The Russian is familiar with the UK as he beat Frank Buglioni in his first defence of the title in London in September 2015.
George ‘Saint’ Groves is confident he can keep his unbeaten run of four wins in a row intact and make it five when the two take each other on in Sheffield, and Groves stated his good form has been helped since teaming up with Shane McGuigan.
“It’s great to be back fighting on Sky Sports Box Office,” said Groves. “I’m excited to be challenging for the World title on May 27 at Bramall Lane. Last year was a good year for me. I feel that the work I’ve been doing behind the scenes with Shane has really started to pay off, and I’m in a great position to capture the WBA title and push on from there.”
Groves though will not underestimate his opponent but his own confidence is sky high.
“Fedor Chudinov is a good fighter. He proved that against Felix Sturm, but I honestly believe that I will have too much for him. It has always been my dream to become World Champion, and now it’s my time and nothing will stand in my way.”
Saurland Promotions, the team behind George Groves were excited to be involved on a night where two title fights would take place.
“We’re delighted to deliver George this World title fight on home soil and it’s great to be working with Sky and Matchroom Boxing on what will be a terrific double header with two World title fights at the highest level,” said Nisse Sauerland. “George will face a tough test from Fedor Chudinov, who has proved dangerous away from home with victories over Felix Sturm and Frank Buglioni, but George is an elite level fighter who is only just reaching his prime, and we’re confident on May 27, he will realise his dream, and Britain will have a new World Champion.”
Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn has seen the work put in by Groves for his next fight and believes he has progressed well though should not take Chudinov lightly.
“I’m delighted to add another big World title fight to this show on May 27,” said Eddie Hearn. “Since the Badou Jack defeat, George has worked his way back into position and is now on the verge of finally capturing that World title. It’s a very hard fight against a very tough Chudinov and I expect it to be an all action affair. There will be 26,000 packed into Bramall Lane on May 27 and British fight fans can expect another epic night.”
Groves’ clash Chudinov is part of a huge night of action in Sheffield as Brook and Spence meet in a blockbusting bout for the 147lbs division, with Dave Allen clashing with Lenroy Thomas for the vacant Commonwealth Heavyweight title.
Tickets for the night are still on general sale priced as follows: tiered seating at £40, £60 and £80 and pitch seats at £80, £100, £150 and £200 –VIP Packages are sold out.
Tickets are on sale from Sheffield United’s Box Office at http://www.sufc.co.uk/tickets/, on 0114 253 7200 and in person from the box office at Bramall Lane – all tickets purchased from Sheffield United are subject to a 10 per cent booking fee.
Face value tickets for May 27 are also be available from http://www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets/ . StubHub is the official ticket partner and marketplace of Matchroom Boxing and Anthony Joshua.