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George Groves beats Baker Barakat with second round TKO in Germany

Groves continues winning record by easily overcoming Barakat with second round TKO

, George Groves has now matched that tally in the last fortnight following his second-round stoppage victory over Baker Barakat in Germany.

The 24-year-old super middleweight beat Dario German Balmaceda at Wembley Arena two weeks ago and made light work of his Syrian opponent on the undercard of Robert Stieglitz's world title rematch with Arthur Abraham in Magdeburg.

On the attack: George Groves (right) lands a jab on Baker Barakat

On the attack: George Groves (right) lands a jab on Baker Barakat

Groves will target the winner of that clash later in the year after starring as chief support to Carl Froch's mouthwatering rematch with Mikkel Kessler on May 25.

The Londoner, who has now won all 18 of his professional contests, was on top from the first bell, peppering Barakat to the head and body before a left uppercut had the 32-year-old wobbling.

The bell came to his rescue on that occasion but a knockdown in the second session, followed by a further flurry of blows, forced the referee to step in.

Stopping him now: The referee steps in to prevent any further punishment

Stopping him now: The referee steps in to prevent any further punishment

Groves, who recently left Frank Warren to join rival promoter Eddie Hearn, immediately looked forward to a world title challenge.

'It was a good fight,' he said. 'He wasn't at the level I'm used to but I put in a good performance and didn't make any mistakes.

'I'm the No 1 contender with the WBO and was supposed to fight Stieglitz last year but I had to pull out through injury.'

George Groves wants Carl Froch fight after Glen Johnson bout

Groves eyes Battle of Britain with world champion Froch after he conquers veteran Johnson

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UPDATED:

14:36 GMT, 11 December 2012

George Groves believes a convincing win over veteran Glen Johnson on Saturday will catapult him into an all-British showdown with super-middleweight rival Carl Froch.

Groves, 24, has been drawn into a war of words on Twitter with the IBF world champion and his promoter Eddie Hearn with the latter claiming the Londoner would not last three rounds with the 35-year-old.

But Groves insists an emphatic victory over Johnson will prove he belongs at the elite level.

London calling: George Groves will take on veteran fighter Glen Johnson at the Excel Centre in the Docklands on Saturday

London calling: George Groves will take on veteran fighter Glen Johnson at the Excel Centre in the Docklands on Saturday

‘It’s kind of sweet that Carl and Eddie threw their toys out of the pram,’ he said.

‘I think I am a threat and everyone will know that after Saturday; people will sit up and take note and see that I’m in the mix.

‘Glen has boxed everyone and he doesn’t get stopped but that doesn’t mean he won’t get stopped on Saturday. I plan to beat him impressively and convincingly. I’m looking to move into world class boxing and this is the right move for me.

‘I’m going to need to find answers that I haven’t had to find previously and I know I can do it.’

Groves has fought just once in 2012 having twice seen a rematch with Scot Kenny Anderson, and a world title challenge against Robert Stieglitz, called off through injury.

The Cobra: Groves wants an all-British showdown with Carl Froch

The Cobra: Groves wants an all-British showdown with Carl Froch

His sole outing this year saw him stop Francisco Sierra in the sixth round in California in July but a nasty cut has kept him out of action until now.

‘I’ve had a frustrating year and not boxed as much as I wanted but I’m going to cap it off with a great win against a great boxer,’ Groves added.

‘Glen Johnson has been a great fighter for a long time and this is a step up to world class level.’

Johnson, 43, has lost his last three fights, including challenges for Froch and Lucian Bute’s respective world titles, and announced his retirement following a points defeat to Andrzej Fonfara in Chicago in July.

But having backtracked on that decision, he will fight for the 71st time as a professional on his fifth visit to these shores.

A former light-heavyweight world champion, Johnson shocked Roy Jones Jnr in 2004 before recording a similarly sensational victory over Antonio Tarver three months later.

He has failed to hear the final bell just once, against Bernard Hopkins in 1997, and plans to re-launch his career once again with victory on Saturday.

‘I’m here to win,’ he said. ‘George Groves is a talented guy but I’m here to take care of business and move on.’

George Groves to fight Francisco Sierra in San Jose

Groves itching to get back in the ring as San Jose fight against Sierra is announced

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UPDATED:

14:04 GMT, 8 July 2012

George Groves, the British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion, will make his long-awaited return to the ring against Francisco Sierra in California on July 28.

The 24-year-old will feature on the undercard of Robert Guerrero’s WBC welterweight clash with Selcuk Aydin at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.

Back in the game: George Groves (right) has not fought for eight months

Back in the game: George Groves (right) has not fought for eight months

Sierra, 24, is a former Mexican champion and recently fought for the IBO world title.

Groves, who has been out of action for eight months after a succession of injuries, expressed his delight at the announcement.

Winner: Groves holds the British and Commonwealth super middleweight title

Winner: Groves holds the British and Commonwealth super middleweight title

‘It is more relief than anything now that I finally have a date to box’, he said.

‘It feels like a lifetime since I last fought and I need to make up for lost time seeing as I haven’t managed one round of competitive fighting this year!

‘I am very pleased to be making another appearance on such a big boxing card out in the US. I must thank GoldenBoy Promotions for giving me another chance to strut my stuff Stateside.

‘The opponent Francisco Sierra is a very seasoned and tenacious fighter. He packs a punch and has a typical ‘no holds barred’ Mexican style.

'I can’t wait to face this test, and finally show all the improvements I have made this year.’

Groves was last in action last November when he demolished Paul Smith inside two rounds but saw a mandatory fight against Kenny Anderson and a world title fight with Robert Stieglitz fall through.

‘This will be a 10 round fight and shown live here on BoxNation as well as in America, so all the British fans who have waited so patiently to see me in action can tune in which is very important to me,’ he added.

‘I’d like to thank every one of them who have given me so much support during the last few frustrating months.

‘I plan to get my 2012 back on track with a bang, just in time for the start of the London Olympic Games!’

George Groves out of Robert Stieglitz fight

Groves out of world title fight as injury jinx strikes British champion again

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UPDATED:

22:37 GMT, 16 April 2012

George Groves has pulled out of his world super-middleweight title fight with Robert Stieglitz through injury.

The British and Commonwealth champion was due to travel to Germany on May 5 to face the WBO belt holder.

This is the second fight Groves, 24, has failed to make this year after a back injury forced the postponment of his bout with Kenny Anderson at Wembley Arena in March.

Blow: George Groves' (left) will not fight for the world title in Germany

Blow: George Groves' (left) will not fight for the world title in Germany

‘I am sorry to have to announce that I won’t be boxing on May 5,’ he said.

‘I have picked up an injury in the build up to this fight. We tried to work through it but soon realised I wouldn’t be able to perform the training needed to prepare for this fight.

'After coming back to London immediately and seeking medical advice I hope that this problem will be sorted soon and will only be a short delay.

Out: Groves was due to face WBO champion Robert Stieglitz (right)

Out: Groves was due to face WBO champion Robert Stieglitz (right)

‘I am truly sorry to everyone involved who will be affected by this. This is without doubt the toughest decision I have ever had to make, I am gutted but nothing worth having is given away.

'It has only made me more determined to achieve my goal of becoming world champion. Thanks to everyone again for their continued support in my journey.’

George Groves confirms Robert Stieglitz fight

Injured Groves sets sights on world title after pulling out of Anderson bout

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UPDATED:

09:36 GMT, 13 March 2012

George Groves has admitted his next fight will be for the
WBO super-middleweight title after he pulled out of Friday’s showdown with
Kenny Anderson.

The British and Commonwealth champion withdrew from the
fight at Wembley Arena after suffering a back injury in sparring.

And Groves later confirmed he will not fight the Scot until
after he takes on world champion Robert Stieglitz.

Injured: George Groves (right) pulled out of his fight with Kenny Anderson

Injured: George Groves (right) pulled out of his fight with Kenny Anderson

German promoters SES Boxing won the purse bid for the title
fight on Monday after the Londoner was made mandatory challenger.

'I am sorry to
confirm I have had to pull out of my scheduled fight this Friday due to injury.
I hope for a quick recovery but it just won't be in time for this week,’ Groves said.

‘I truly apologise
to everyone who has spent money and made plans around getting to the fight. I
really don't want to compromise myself and under-performing because I am not
100 per cent fit.

‘All clouds have a
silver lining and although I have really worked hard to get ready for this
fight that won't happen this week, I’m sure it will happen down the line.

Off: Groves and Anderson were set to meet at Wembley Arena on Friday

Off: Groves and Anderson were set to meet at Wembley Arena on Friday

‘Maybe after I
challenge and win the WBO super-middleweight championship which I am now mandatory
for and which is scheduled for the next few months.

‘I'm bringing
another world title to Britain.’

Stieglitz meanwhile
had been scheduled to fight Mikkel Kessler before the Dane withdrew, claiming
his hand injury hadn’t healed.

And the German confirmed
he is now looking forward to taking on Groves.

‘Kessler has called
off the fight three times now with no apology,’ he told World Boxing News.

Next up: Groves will now face German Robert Stieglitz for the WBO title

Next up: Groves will now face German Robert Stieglitz for the WBO title

‘I was more than
willing to box him but it seems that something happens every time. I think the
WBO made the right decision in ordering the George Groves fight.

‘I don't
know too much about him. I just know that he is unbeaten in 14 fights, is 23 years-old and he is not bad.

‘We will see on fight night but I am the champion of the
world and remain that way.’

George Groves fight with Kenny Anderson called off

Anderson accuses Groves of running scared after calling off Wembley title fight

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UPDATED:

21:03 GMT, 12 March 2012

British super-middleweight champion George Groves has been forced to pull out of his title defence against Kenny Anderson on Friday due to medical reasons.

The bout was due to take place at Wembley Arena but Groves confirmed he injured his back during training and subsequently failed a fitness test.

Anderson, 29, has questioned his opponent's claims however, suggesting the Londoner has withdrawn in order to secure a world title fight with Robert Stieglitz.

Crocked: Groves has been forced to pull out of the Anderson bout

Crocked: Groves has been forced to pull out of the Anderson bout

Groves, 23, climbed off the canvas to
stop Anderson in the sixth round in November 2010 and few expected their
rematch to go the distance.

Groves tweeted: 'I would like to
apologise to everyone who made plans for my fight on Friday! I'm gutted
and hoping for a quick recovery!

'I suffered a back injury sparring
with Eamonn O'Kane and haven't trained properly since. I failed a
fitness test today and decided to withdraw.

'Every fighter knows when you get
injured you don't just give up. You give yourself every chance to
recover and fight. I didn't recover.'

The postponement was confirmed shortly
after the announcement that SES Boxing had won the purse bid for Groves
to fight WBO super-middleweight champion Stieglitz in Germany.

Groves could now relinquish his British belt to challenge for the world title.

Anderson meanwhile, who has won his last three fights, reacted with fury to the news.

'It's brutal because of all the effort
we have put in,' he told Boxing Scene. 'A lot of people sacrificed a
lot of things. It's me that gets in there and fights, but everyone in my
life makes sacrifices – I am gutted.

Rematch: Groves stopped Anderson in their previous bout in 2010

Rematch: Groves stopped Anderson in their previous bout in 2010

'I think they're (Groves' camp) going
to have to look in the mirror and know they've dodged me for no other
reason than they don't want to take the risk.

'I don't believe in my heart that he's
injured. I don't think they wanted to have this fight, it is too risky
and they want the other fight (Stieglitz) because it is a bigger fish.

'If so then that is absolutely shocking, it is a terrible thing to do given the build-up and how much respect we've shown.

'The only time I'll get to fight Groves now is when I take the world title from him.'

Edinburgh-born Anderson may now fight
on the undercard of Carl Froch's IBF super-middleweight title fight
against Lucian Bute on May 26 in Nottingham.

The Scot's trainer Kevin Maree refused
to condemn Groves but expects the champion's reputation to be damaged
if the fight is not rescheduled.

'If George is genuinely injured, and I
believe he is as he is a professional, then the fight will be
rescheduled and we'll get him again, or he'll bump us and go for the
world title.

'If he does then it is on his
shoulders, he has to square that with the people who booked flights to
London, who paid in advance for hotels and tickets, and the fans who
wanted to see it.'

Promoter Frank Warren said, 'Of
course, it's bitterly disappointing for us and all the boxers involved,
but in sport injuries occur and there is very little anyone can do about
it.

'We had already lost Matthew Hall, who
was due to box Sam Webb in a championship eliminator, because of an
injury and now with George withdrawing from the main event I have had no
option but to postpone the whole card until a later date.

'Once my team have spoken to Wembley about a new date I hope we can get this fight on very soon.'