Dirrell granted WBC voluntary defense, Groves forced to wait

WBC champion Anthony Dirrell conquered his championship on August 16th, 2014 defeating former champion Sakio Bika. Dirrell is a true representative of endurance, faith, hard work and dedication. Anthony defeated cancer and became mandatory contender only to face another tragedy: a motorcycle accident.

Anthony became WBC world champion and is an example to society around the world. Mandatory contender, George Groves won the WBC silver championship and made successful voluntary defense past November while Dirrell had been granted a voluntary defense before making the mandatory defense of the division.

George Groves team submitted an appeal rejecting Dirrell to make a voluntary defense requesting the mandatory fight to take place immediately.

After a thorough revision and a voting process by the WBC Board of Governors the ruling has confirmed the following:

To permit Anthony Dirrell to make the proposed voluntary defense in the month of April with the winner committed to fight mandatory challenger George Groves without any intervening bouts.