Anderson faces Reid for British super-middleweight title after Groves stripped of title
23:21 GMT, 13 September 2012
George Groves has been stripped of his
British super-middleweight title – paving the way for Kenny Anderson to
finally get his shot at winning the belt.
The 24-year-old from London has been
hampered by injury this year, fighting just once since last November
when he stopped Francisco Sierra inside six rounds in July.
Title shot: Kenny Anderson (left)
But the British Boxing Board of Control have now vacated the domestic strap and Anderson will face Robin Reid on the undercard of Kell Brook's world title eliminator against Hector Saldivia on October 20 in Sheffield.
Groves was due to defend his title against Anderson this month but suffered a cut against Sierra which postponed their rematch for a second time. It was also called off in March when Groves hurt his back during sparring.
The first fight between the two in 2010 lasted six rounds before Anderson was stopped but not before he had his younger opponent on the canvas for the first time in his career.
The 29-year-old Scot has won his five fights since that defeat, four within the distance, and is delighted to finally be awarded the title fight.
'It is my time, I'll make sure of that,' he tweeted. 'Robin Reid is a serious opponent, no one is in my mind but him.'
Reid, now 41, is a former world champion at the weight, but retired five years ago after suffering defeat to Carl Froch for the British belt. He returned last year and has won three of his four fights since.
'I'm delighted that Kenny has been given this opportunity,' promoter Eddie Hearn said.
'It's been a frustrating period waiting for the Groves fight but Kenny has remained focused and is ready to challenge for the title on October 20. People may write Robin off but he is coming off two impressive wins and is bang up for this.'