By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
GEORGE GROVES admits only a stoppage win over veteran Glen Johnson on Saturday will be good enough for some critics.
The Londoner will fight for only the second time this year due to injuries which cost him a WBO super-middleweight title shot in May.
But Commonwealth champ Groves, 24, hopes to edge closer to a world title bid with victory over Jamaican Johnson, 43, who was out-pointed by Carl Froch last year in the first of three losses in a row.
He said: “It would be a big statement if I could stop Johnson because he has only ever been stopped by Bernard Hopkins.
“People will say I’ve come on and mean business. He lasted the distance recently with the likes of Lucian Bute and Carl Froch for world titles.
“If I do a one-sided job on him people will say I’m a world class fighter and doing well.”
Top of the bill is Scot Ricky Burns, who defends his WBO world lightweight title in the main event against an opponent to be determined.
Burns and Groves v Johnson, Saturday, BoxNation (Sky Ch 437/Virgin Ch 546).