Anthony Dirrell granted WBC voluntary, George Groves forced to wait

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Dave Nadkarni

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 the WBC world champion and is an example to the 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 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 April with the winner committed to fighting mandatory challenger George Groves without any intervening bouts.

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