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Groves Beats Fury: Wins The Best Young Boxer Award

British and Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Champion George Groves has been nominated the Best Young Boxer of the Year by the prestigious Boxing Writers' Club for 2011. Heavyweight Tyson Fury was the runner-up.

The 23-year-old from Hammersmith won the Lonsdale belt from James DeGale in a close contest in May at London's O2 Arena.

A delighted Groves said, "I am chuffed to have been voted Young Boxer of the Year. There are a lot of talented fighters in the UK at the moment and to just be considered for this fantastic award is fantastic. I thank everyone who has voted for me and my team who have helped guide me through a testing year."

Unbeaten Groves will have his first fight for promoter Frank Warren on November 5th at the Wembley Arena when he defends his titles against former British Champion Paul Smith, exclusively live on BoxNation on Sky platform Channel 456.

Groves is the seventeenth boxer promoted by Warren to have won the award, following last year's winner Nathan Cleverly, now the WBO World Light-Heavyweight Champion.

Warren said, "It's fantastic news that George has been awarded the Best Young Boxer of the Year award. He's got a big fight coming up against Paul Smith on November 5th in London that will be shown live on BoxNation."

Adam Booth, Groves' manager, said, "Many thanks to the Boxing Writers' Club. Our aim is to do this award justice by turning this young boxer into a world champion."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MeiXiang on 09-23-2011

[QUOTE=HitmanHattonAY;11195360]yes he did, DeGale looked clueless in the first half of the fight lol[/QUOTE] Completely agree. DeGale may have won the last few rounds but it was just short of winning the fight for me. No doubt though that had…

Comment by HitmanHattonAY on 09-23-2011

[QUOTE=eli porter;11195349]he didn't win.[/QUOTE] yes he did, DeGale looked clueless in the first half of the fight lol

Comment by eli porter on 09-23-2011

[QUOTE=HitmanHattonAY;11195314]yes i think groves deserved it, he was a 3-1 unmderdog against DeGale with no one giving him a chance to win[/QUOTE] he didn't win.

Comment by HitmanHattonAY on 09-23-2011

yes i think groves deserved it, he was a 3-1 unmderdog against DeGale with no one giving him a chance to win

Comment by MeiXiang on 09-23-2011

I think he deserves it really. It was always either him or James DeGale. Kevin Mitchell could have easily been in there in my opinion coming back from his loss against Katsidis in tremendous style beating an undefeated fighter by…

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