By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
GEORGE GROVES (25-3, 18 KOs) will face Fedor Chudinov (14-1, 10 KOs) for the vacant WBA super-middleweight title.
The Londoner will have home advantage for the clash with the date and venue to be announced next week.
Groves, 29, has finally got his fourth shot at a world title.
‘Saint’ lost two clashes with bitter rival and former IBF and WBA champion Carl Froch in 2013 and 2014.
He then came up short when he faced Badou Jack for the WBC title in 2015.
But Groves has won four on the bounce since he linked up with trainer Shane McGuigan.
His promoter Kalle Sauerland said: “Contract signed for home soil for WBA super championship George Groves against Fedor Chudinov. Date and venue to be confirmed next week.”
IN OTHER NEWS: Newly crowned WBA Asia Super Featherweight Champion Muhamad “The Chosen Wan” Ridhwan will attempt to become Singapore´s first ever World Champion on May 27, when he fights Fadhili Majiha from Tanzania for the vacant Universal Boxing Organization™ (UBO) World Super Featherweight title.
The historic fight is the latest edition to Ringstar Management´s The Roar of Singapore II promotion at Suntec City, the biggest professional boxing event in Singapore history, and will be one of nine planned UBO championship fights, four of which will be for world titles.
Ridhwan (7-0, 6 KOs) just became WBA Asia champion on Saturday April 8, when he defeated Indonesian Waldo Sabu, and there will be no time to rest on his laurels as he will quickly return to training to prepare for his careers biggest fight on May 27.
WBA Pan African Champion, and former UBO International titlist, Fadhili Majiha (20-8-4, 9 KOs) is awarded with the opportunity against Ridhwan on the back of a fantastic performance in Singapore on March 25, where he clearly out-boxed Filipino Jeson Umbal, only to be denied the victory and lose by split decision.
Promoter Scott Patrick Farrell: “I am so glad that we are able to put together this magnificent fight, between two fantastic boxers, for the UBO world title. I want to thank Ridhwan for daring to be great, and his manager Rey Caitom Jr. for having the confidence in his boxer.”
“Not all fighters would come out of a title fight, and get right back into preparations for another one seven weeks later”, said Farrell. “And especially when its against a very good opponent such as Majiha, who I think was outright robbed against Umbal and deserves another big fight.”
“This is yet another fifty-fifty match-up on the show, and if we get Singapore´s first ever world champion on May 27 it will be groundbreaking for boxing here. Ridhwan will become an absolute super-star!”