Groves Eyes Froch-Kessler Winner For Next Fight

By Jake Donovan

The outcome of George Groves' showdown with Noe Gonzalez was never in doubt, as the unbeaten Brit stopped the visiting Uruguayan in five rounds Saturday evening at the O2 Arena in London, England.

The bout served as the chief support to the highly anticipated super middleweight rematch between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler. Groves is intimately invested in the bout, having served as Kessler's sparring partner and now the latest to draw the ire of Froch as a result. 

Groves and Froch both fight under the Matchroom Sport banner, but Froch took exception to his promotional stabelmate serving as a chief sparring partner for his current rival in preparation for Saturday's bouts.

No better way to settle the rivalry than in a boxing ring. With over 18,000 in attendance for Saturday's show, a win by Froch could set up a huge clash in the fall, when Groves is slated to return. Allegedly at stake in the main event is a rematch with Andre Ward, but Froch or Kessler taking on a fresh foe could be the more desirable option in the court of public opinion.

Hearn not only didn't rule out a potential future clash, but admitted it to be a strong possibility down the road.

"The plan is to bring him back in September, perhaps here (at the O2 Arena)," Hearn stated afterward. "He's ranked pretty much in the Top 5 of every sanctioning body. The winner of tonight['s main event] is certainly a possibility."

Groves is game for the cause - or for anyone else deemed next in line.

"I'm ranked #1 in the WBO, #2 in the WBA and #3 in the WBC. There ain't many guys in front of me and the guys they put in front of me, I put to sleep," Groves quipped.

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board, Yahoo Boxing Ratings Panel and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter:  @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by taansend on 05-26-2013

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;13413774]Adonis Stevenson put Noe Gonzalez down in 2 rounds.[/QUOTE] Tommy Hearns kayoed Roberto Duran in 2. Hagler won narrow 15 round decision over Duran. I dread to think what Hearns is going to do to Halger should they ever meet…

Comment by The Surgeon on 05-26-2013

Groves' hand speed and speed in general was breath taking last night! Good fighter is George, he needs to step up to the next level now.

Comment by flat1985 on 05-26-2013

[QUOTE=IronDanHamza;13415385]When is Groves going to fight someone decent? Does anyone know?[/QUOTE] Next fight should be stieglitz in september

Comment by CraigM on 05-26-2013

[QUOTE=IronDanHamza;13415385]When is Groves going to fight someone decent? Does anyone know?[/QUOTE] I think he gets Stieglitz next, not the best opposition to warm up for a fight versus him though!

Comment by The_Demon on 05-26-2013

[QUOTE=IronDanHamza;13415385]When is Groves going to fight someone decent? Does anyone know?[/QUOTE] The day i have a 12 inch [COLOR="Black"]c[/COLOR]ock

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