Carl Froch to face George Groves in all-British title fight this winter
Carl Froch will defend his IBF and WBA super middleweight titles against George Groves this winter.
Last Updated: 24/10/13 2:16pm
The all-British clash will take place in late November or early December, with a venue to be confirmed at a later date.
Froch added the WBA title to his IBF belt when he defeated Mikkel Kessler in a thrilling rematch at the O2 Arena in May, with unbeaten Groves capturing the vacant WBA Inter-Continental title on the same bill with a fifth-round stoppage of Noe Gonzalez Alcoba.
Groves was named as the mandatory challenger by the IBF and Froch believes it is a fight that will capture the imagination of British sports fans.
"I'm excited the first defence of both my belts is a big domestic clash," said Froch. "I am a proper fighter and a proper champion and I will always face my mandatory challenger rather than vacate the title.
"I've known George for a while, I've sparred with him and watched him grow and now he's my mandatory. I will be pouring everything into my preparation for the fight and George will face the very best of me."
Groves added: "This is the biggest fight of my career and being a world champion is something that I dreamed of as a kid. I'm well ranked across all the governing bodies but fighting Carl is the one that I wanted the most.
"He is a big name in the UK and a well-respected champion around the world, and I have a great team around me that can put together the right game plan to beat him and become a world champion and a major force in the super middleweight division."
Promoter Eddie Hearn says fans can expect an exciting night of boxing with a packed undercard when full details of the fight are released.
"I'm delighted to have got this fight made," said promoter Eddie Hearn. "It's a great fight for British boxing with a real throwback feel to the big domestic fights in the super middleweight fights in the 90s.
"When George became the mandatory challenger, I knew there was no way Carl would relinquish the belt and no way that George would look anywhere else."