George Groves to return to action on January 30 in London
Last Updated: 23/11/15 5:36pm
Three-time world title challenger George Groves will return to action live on Sky Sports on January 30.
The 27-year-old lost his bid to dethrone Badou Jack as WBC world super-middleweight champion on points in September - his third defeat at world title level - but will be back in the ring on a show co-promoted by Matchroom and Team Sauerland.
"It's great to be back,'' said Groves. ''I'm looking forward to boxing in London again. This is a chance for me start the New Year on the front foot.
I want to get as many fights as possible and start building momentum as I look to work my way back into world title contention.
"I want to get as many fights as possible and start building momentum as I look to work my way back into world title contention.
"I am not bitter about the last one. I lost a split decision out in Las Vegas, so all I want to do is get back in the ring and get back to winning ways.
"The fact that I have been in those big fights, I hope my name is still relevant and there are plenty of fighters in my weight who are doing well and making names for themselves as well."
It looks set to be a busy 2016 for the British super-middleweights as the likes of Groves, Callum Smith and Martin Murray try to join James DeGale in becoming a world champion, and promoter Eddie Hearn hints there may be some domestic eliminators up first.
Hearn told Sky Sports: "Although Groves is keen to challenge for another world title as soon as possible, I'm sure Kalle [Sauerland] will discuss the likes of Martin Murray, Callum and Paul Smith as potential opponents for next year.
"I've got a very close relationship with the Sauerlands and we looked at the possibility of putting him on the December 12 show but it was too early. January 30 is a big London show coming up and he was pleased to headline.
"John Wayne Hibbert will defend his Commonwealth super-lightweight title against Tommy Martin as chief support and there'll also be John Ryder, Ohara Davies, Kris Agyei-Dua defending his Southern Area title against Ben Hall and Leon Mackenzie."
The identities of both Groves' opponent and his new trainer are yet to be revealed. In the wake of the Jack defeat, Groves split with trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick, who took the reins when Groves split with previous coach Adam Booth just before his first defeat to Carl Froch.