Rebrasse a sound choice for Groves comeback as world title shot looms

Phil Jay 08/07/2014

Team Sauerland made their latest announcement this week as George Groves’s new promoters push their fighter into a possible and winnable world title fight at the end of this year.

Tuesday’s press conference gathering, where Kalle informed the media of his short-term plan for Groves, raised no eyebrows as pitting the Londoner against Frenchman Christopher Rebrasse on September 20 at Wembley Arena seems like the ideal return.

For one, Groves can win the European title that he never managed to do before challenging for his first world title against Carl Froch, and two, so ‘The Saint’ can put himself in prime position for eventually face a world champion again.

As old rival James DeGale heads towards a shot at either Froch or the IBF title if ‘The Cobra’ vacates, Groves has a new focus as a victory over Rebrasse places him as the mandatory for the WBC super-middleweight title.

With WBA king Andre Ward tied up, Froch off the table, DeGale chasing the IBF belt and the easiest fight to make against Arthur Abraham off limits until at least the end of the year, Sauerland were left with only the WBC route. A victory against Rebrasse means Groves will be facing the whoever comes out on top when Sakio Bika and Anthony Dirrell rematch for the green belt on August 16, another fight that Groves would be fancied to win. 

Granted that Abraham v Groves would certainly have made more money and sense to the German promoters, although ‘King’ Arthur is due a mandatory and that means a September fight with Paul Smith, who is the highest available challenger.

On the flipside, the delay gives Groves the chance to ease himself back somewhat and give himself more time to prepare for what will be his third world title challenge at the tender age of 26. And if both Groves and Abraham are in possession of world title belts by the spring of 2015, that should ultimately mean a massive unification for Sauerland to stage with another England v Germany angle thrown in for good measure.

In all honesty, Groves is a massive favourite to overcome Rebrasse, who is not renowned for his punching power, although as the Briton proved in his double with Froch recently – nothing can be taken for granted in the ring.

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