Jack and Groves reach agreement for US bout, purse bid cancelled
Badou Jack and George Groves are set to meet in the United States over the summer after their respective promoters closed a deal to avoid a purse bid with the World Boxing Council on Friday.
Groves’ representatives Sauerland confirmed an agreement was reached with Mayweather Promotions, who handle Jack’s affairs, before the deadline and the pair are now set to contest the WBC super middleweight title in a mandatory contest.
“We have a deal, the fight is on,” said Sauerland. “WBC championship – Badou Jack v George Groves will take place in USA on a date and site to be announced soon.”
Title holder Jack, 31, ripped the belt away from Anthony Dirrell at the first time of asking via a majority decision in Chicago last month, having successfully recovered from suffering a shock first round defeat to Dereck Edwards back in February 2014.
Jack put together a three-fight winning streak on his way to picking up a maiden world title and is now pitted against dangerous Groves who won the European and WBC Silver championships in defeating Christopher Rebrasse in September.
That win also secured a shot at the coveted green belt for the Londoner, although the ‘Saint’ followed it up with a seventh round stoppage of Denis Douglin for good measure and will aim to finally claim a recognised title after two previous failed attempts.
Groves was knocked out by Carl Froch twice between November 2013 and May 2014, but is still widely regarded as one of the most talented fighters at 168lb and a shoe-in to be a future ruler in the division.
More details on the fight will be announced soon.