Friday, October 02, 2009

Groves joins Maloney's Stable

GEORGE GROVES has signed a promotional deal with Frank Maloney, and will box at Seaburn Centre, Sunderland on Friday 16th October. The super-middleweight sensation, 21, will continue to be managed by Hayemaker Promotions and trained by Adam Booth. Maloney believes he now has the three best super-middleweight prospects in the country on his books, Olympic bronze medallist Tony Jeffries (3-0), Travis Dickinson (3-0) and Groves (4-0). All three will be in action on the Sunderland bill and inside 18 months they could be boxing each other for major titles.Maloney said: "I am delighted to have signed a promotional deal with George who is one of the world's best young prospects. "Down the line there could be a rivalry between himself, Tony and Travis to match the 1990s competition between Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and Michael Watson. "Obviously there has to be a lot of discussion with George and his management team Adam Booth and David Haye, but a match against Travis is the obvious one. "There is some unfinished business from their amateur days and George won't mind me saying there is a score to settle." As an amateur Groves won two ABA middleweight titles, gold at the EU championships and was an accomplished kick boxer. Heading the talent bursting Sunderland bill is a British super-bantamweight title defence by Jason Booth (33-5) who faces Hartlepool's former European champion Michael Hunter. Booth, 31, will be having his 17th major title contest and making the second defence of the championship he won against Mark Moran in April.

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