WBA super middleweight champion George Groves is ready to make a big statement on Saturday night, and send a message to his next opponent, IBO champion Chris Eubank Jr.
Last Saturday, Eubank Jr. advanced in the World Boxing Super Series super middleweight tournament with a vicious knockout of undefeated Avni Yildirim in three rounds in Germany.
If Groves wins this weekend, he will face Eubank (26-1, 20 KOs) next - potentially on a date in January. In other corner against Groves is undefeated countryman, Jamie Cox (24-0, 13 KOs) and the bout takes place in London.
Groves (26-3, 19 KOs), who captured the world title with a stoppage of Fedor Chudinov earlier this year, is the number 1 seed in the tournament and he wants to prove exactly why he's been listed as the top dog at 168 by tournament organizers.
"I am fired up, I mean business. This is another homecoming. I won the belt in Sheffield but this is London, this is Wembley Arena, this is a happy hunting ground for me," Groves said.
"This is my chance to shine. It's the first part of a three-part series and this is where it begins. There is no room for mistakes, there's no 'I'll come again', it's all nothing now. But I'll be damned if I have anything other than a clear victory, or a knockout victory."
Groves feels strongly that this prestigious tournament has come at exactly the perfect time to make him a superstar - and a pound for pound fighter. He is ready to do some real damage with Cox - and moved forward to the Eubank showdown.
"For me, this tournament has come at the perfect time. I am the best fighter in it. I am the best in-form fighter in it. I don't need a fight to shake off some rust, I am good to go," Groves said.
"I'm not ready for the lull after winning a world title. You've got to win, win well, and win comfortably to preserve yourself. That is keeping me highly-motivated."