George Groves’ promoter Kalle Sauerland wants to angle him for a world title shot against WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika by having Groves fight a world title eliminator bout in his next fight. Kalle is looking to have the 26-year-old Groves fight in an eliminator bout on September 13th or 16th.
Kalle just needs the World Boxing Council to buy into the idea of having Groves, a fighter who has been knocked out in his last two fights, taking part in an eliminator. It would be a controversial move if the WBC allows Groves to do that because you normally don’t have fighters with consecutive knockout losses being allowed to take part in an eliminator.
Kalle’s argument likely for Groves to be given that chance is the fact that he’s lost to one of the best fighters in the 168-pound division in Carl Froch. Not too many fighters would be able to go 12 rounds with a guy as good as Froch. However, it still doesn’t get away from the fact that Groves hast lost his last two fights by knockout, and if the WBC lets him fight in an eliminator bout, it would send a bad message to the other top contenders that they have ranked in their top 15.
“George will box on September 13 or 20 and we are looking to get him out in London,” Sauerland told ESPN.co.uk. “He proved against Carl that he belonged at the world level and he was just punished for one mistake. But it hasn’t effected George’s confidence and the quickest route back for him to a world title is via an eliminator which we are trying to arrange. We think Arthur Abraham is a big fight to make possibly next year in a world title unification fight. We want to increase our number of world champions first, so they meet both with a world title each.”
Kalle promotes Abraham, the WBO super middleweight champion, so it’s understandable that he would like to make a fight between him and Groves. But it might be a mistake on Kalle’s part to assume that Groves could beat a fighter as good as Bika, because that could prove to be