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Groves vs. Chudinov WBA Title Clash on February 25 in London?

By Vadim Pushkin

According to Umar Kremlev, manager of Fedor Chudinov (14-1, 10KOs), they are close to a deal to fight George Groves (25-3, 18KOs) for the vacant WBA super middleweight title on February 25th in the UK.

The World Boxing Association had ordered Chudinov and Groves to fight reach other for the vacant belt and gave them until January 5th to reach a deal before a purse bid was ordered. Kremlev says they reached an agreement on the terms with Sauerland Event, who handle Groves, without the necessity of a purse bid. 

Chudinov (14-1, 10KOs) captured the WBA title in May 2015 when he upset Felix Sturm with a twelve round split decision in Germany. He made his first defense in September 2015 with a decision win over Frank Buglioni in London. For whatever reason, the WBA ordered a rematch between Chudinov and Sturm - and it took place in February. Chudinov lost a disputed twelve round majority decision.

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A few weeks after the fight was over, it was revealed that Sturm had tested positive for stanozolol, a banned steroid. A criminal investigation began in Germany and it took months before Sturm's B-sample was tested to confirm the initial test.

Sturm was never actually stripped and the outcome of the Chudinov fight was never changed to a no-contest. The belt became vacant when Sturm himself dropped the title - telling the sanctioning body that he was unable to defend their championship due to nagging injuries. Sturm also left Germany and moved to Bosnia - which many felt was a move to escape criminal prosecution for the drug test failure.

"The fight will be in London. Right now that is what's being negotiated, and the date... February 25. We are finalizing the contracts without the need for a purse bid, which makes no sense right now. We just need to take the title, and then we can dictate terms," Kremlev said to Vasily Konov.

For Groves (25-3, 18KOs), this would be his fourth world title shot. He was knocked out in two attempts to unseat Carl Froch, and then in September 2015 he lost a close twelve round decision to WBC champion Badou Jack. 

Groves fought four times in 2016. He stopped Andrea De Luisa in January, drilled unbeaten David Brophy in April, won a dominant twelve round decision over Martin Murray in June, and then came back last November and dominated Eduard Gutknecht over twelve rounds.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by paulf on 01-10-2017

4th times a charm.

Comment by j0zef on 01-10-2017

Good fight. I still see a productive career in front of Groves.

Comment by HughJass on 01-10-2017

[QUOTE=thack;17340322]Your time George and if Degale is lucky enough to squeeze past jack then you can hammer him next.[/QUOTE] Hahaha like Groves beat Degale the first time you numb skull,the ginger bread man is shot to sh.it. Fvcking Groves hammer…

Comment by Cobra_ on 01-10-2017

Groves/Degale 2 for the WBA, WBC, and IBF belts would be massive. Probably a stadium fight and biggest pay day for Degale, possibly Groves too. Don't **** it up because Groves ruined the last attempt at a unification fight.

Comment by Loque-san on 01-09-2017

The WBA eliminating paper titles one belt at a time. They have really made a mockery of the concept of world champion.

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