Win or lose against Froch, Abraham and Kessler realistic targets for Groves

Phil Jay 20/05/2014

George Groves can expect to be thrust into some massive clashes, most likely on German soil in the near future, following the Briton’s decision to ink a promotional deal with Kalle and Nisse Sauerland.

The 26 year-old may have raised eyebrows with the timing of his contract announcement just eleven days shy of his world title rematch with nemesis Carl Froch, although there could be some hidden logic to Groves ending his exile from promotional representation.

If the worst does happen on May 31st at Wembley and Groves misses out on the IBF and WBA super-middleweight belts, the Londoner has several fall-back options that can make him some decent money in the next couple of years.

One of those would be a WBO title challenge against Sauerland’s current 168lb king Arthur Abraham, who is being lined up to make a defence of his belt against Groves’ old foe Paul Smith in the autumn. ‘The Saint’ could conceivably be contemplating a comeback around that time, and after a warm-up fight on that bill, Groves would certainly be in with a chance of facing the winner in his third world title challenge.

There is also the consideration that Groves and Mikkel Kessler could be pitted together in another high-profile bout as the Dane recently confirmed that he will carry on despite some rumours he may retire.

Patrick Nielsen is another who could come into play for Groves as he battles Dmitry Chudinov for the vacant WBA interim title in the summer, plus there is also a move up to 175lbs to take on WBA king Juergen Braehmer. 

The whole agreement does seem a very shrewd move from Kalle and Nisse though – as Groves is just one fight away from being crowned the number two at 168lbs behind American Andre Ward.

Groves has raised his profile to another level with the whole Froch saga over the past six months and whatever transpires at the end of the month, the future looks brighter than ever for the talented puncher.

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