Thursday, August 25, 2011

Groves joins ranks with Warren

Frank Warren is today delighted to announce that he has signed George Groves, the reigning British and Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Champion, to a promotional agreement. Groves, 23, has signed a three-year deal with Britain's top promoter and joins a talent pack organisation that includes world champions Nathan Cleverly (WBO Light-Heavyweight) and Ricky Burns (WBO Super-Featherweight); his big rival James DeGale, plus the best young talent in the sport. Hall of Fame promoter Warren has handled the majority of top British super-middleweights world champions and has made some of the classic fights in the division, featuring Joe Calzaghe, Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and Steve Collins, plus Robin Reid and Richie Woodhall. Warren said, "I'm very happy that George has chosen to come under my promotional banner and we will now be involved in some big fights. He's a good fighter and the last fight against James DeGale was the first time I had worked with him. Of course, everyone is asking about a return with James, who I represent, and it is an obvious fight that will definitely happen again. The last fight was very close and a few observers felt that it could have gone either way. One things for sure the public will want to see it again. It's a big domestic rivalry that will become ever bigger." Londoner Groves, unbeaten in 13 fights with ten stoppages, is ranked inside the top 15 with the WBC and IBF organisations. Groves said, "Having sat down with Adam Booth and discussed at length what was the best move for my career and fighting to progress towards a World title, we agreed that everything that Frank put to us made perfect sense. He is the most experienced promoter in Britain by far and we feel has the experience and ability to take me to the very top. Exciting times ahead." Adam Booth, who will remain as Groves' manager and trainer, said, "On the surface, this may seem a strange decision from me and Hayemaker boxing to have made, but this is all about what is best for the career of George and we believe that working with Frank is the best decision we could have made. George has the full support of both myself and David Haye as we know that if anybody can take George to the top, Frank is the man." Golden Boy Promotions' Richard Shaeffer, said, "Golden Boy, as the US based promoter for George Groves, is happy to work with Frank Warren and welcomes the addition to the promotional team. Frank has the platforms and knowledge in the UK to further George’s career while Golden Boy will continue to open opportunities for George in the US. Our combined efforts will certainly lead George to world championships and make him a star for many years to come."

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