George Groves to face Andrea Di Luisa on January 30

Phil Jay 08/12/2015

Three-time world super-middleweight title challenger George Groves embarks on another attempt to secure his dream when the Londoner boxes Andrea Di Luisa next month.

The 27 year-old from Hammersmith lost out to Badou Jack in September for the coveted WBC championship and now has to rebuild for a fourth attempt at Copper Box against the former Italian champion.

Groves, who was famously halted twice by Carl Froch in all-UK battles, has been defeated three times in his last five fights and ‘The Saint’ knows he can ill-afford another defeat in his quest to become a world champion.

Opponent Di Luisa, 33, won a low-key warm-up clash in Italy at the weekend against the unheralded Gabor Zsalek, having also suffered a damaging reverse against ex-IBF ruler Lucian Bute at the Bell Centre over the summer.

Prior to the Bute loss, Di Luisa went down in seven rounds to Frenchman Christopher Rebrasse, a foe Groves out-pointed in September of 2014 to capture the European title at Wembley.

Common sense would put Groves as a huge favourite to get his career back on track when the pair collide on January 30, as part of a packed bill that will also see compatriot and ex-opponent Paul Smith Jnr return in a six-rounder.