Sauerland talks Groves future, sets up Abraham v Smith talks with Hearn

Phil Jay 21/05/2014

Kalle Sauerland has refused to discuss any opponents for new signing George Groves until after the Briton participates in his high-profile rematch with Carl Froch at Wembley on May 31.

Groves, 26, signed up with the German promoters this week amidst a mountain of speculation, and could now be in line for more big 168lbs clashes with Sauerland stars Arthur Abraham and Mikkel Kessler.

‘The Saint’ will have a clearer picture of where he stands once the dust settles on his second bout with rival Froch, after which, Sauerland will sit down and plot where Groves future lies.

“We will only look at future fights after George and Froch is done on May 31,” Kalle told World Boxing News.

“There is an abundance of names for Groves and making great fights will not be a problem going forward.”

WBN reported yesterday that WBO champion Abraham is likely to put his belt on the line against former Groves opponent Paul Smith in the autumn, which Sauerland confirmed is on his upcoming agenda.

“We will meet with Eddie Hean in London next week to discuss Abraham v Smith further, but I can tell you that Arthur will not box before September or October,” said Sauerland.

Win or lose against Froch, Groves would certainly be in the mix to face the winner of Abraham v Smith if the contest is secured for later in the year, with a possibility the bout could be a three-belt unification if the Londoner can dethrone his compatriot at the end of the month.

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