Groves eyes Froch-Kessler winner
Unbeaten British super middleweight George Groves (18-0) is fully focused on the dangerous Noe Gonzalez (30-2) despite having one eye on fighting the winner of the rematch between IBF champion Carl Froch and WBA champion Mikkel Kessler.
Groves, 25, faces the hard hitting South American Gonzalez on the undercard of Froch-Kessler unification fight at the O2 Arena this Saturday and knows he is in for a tough contest.
"It's a guy who's boxed at a high standard," said Groves. "He's got an impressive record, an impressive knockout rating so he can definately bang, and he's a guy we need to take seriously. He's well ranked so he'll help me move up the rankings even more and get closer to a world title."
That world title fight could well come against the winner of Froch v Kessler, with Groves having sparred both men - most recently the Dane in the build up to the rematch, with Froch took exception to.
The Cobra labelled Groves disloyal for sparring with Kessler, but Groves says the offer was too good to turn down for his own development.
"At the end of the day I was preparing for a fight so I needed good quality sparring. Carl didn't offer me any but Mikkel did. There's lots of needle going around, but Carl knows the last time we sparred was before the first Kessler fight and it didn't do him any favours, so maybe I've gone out and softened Mikkel up for him so maybe he should be thanking me.
I'm number two with the WBA so I'm very close to being the mandatory for that belt so that could mean I could fight the winner of these two, because the winner's going to come out with two more titles than I've got which is what I want. But I need to go out and do the business on Saturday night, I know how good this guy is so I need to go out and not only win but win well and force these guys hands."