George Groves vs Martin Murray on Anthony Joshua bill at The O2
By Peter Gilbert
Last Updated: 05/06/16 12:33pm
George Groves will take on domestic rival Martin Murray on the undercard to Anthony Joshua's IBF world heavyweight title defence at The O2 on June 25, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The fight will be an eliminator for the WBA super-middleweight title and will provide chief support to Joshua when he returns to the London venue as champion following his two-round demolition of Charles Martin on April 9.
Groves' (23-3-0) now has the chance to set up a fourth world title shot in the division after losing to Badou Jack on points last year and suffering back-to-back stoppages to Carl Froch in 2014 and 2013.
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"I'm very excited to be defending my WBA international belt against Martin Murray back at The O2," said Groves.
"I've had two great performances this year, both in London and the latest one back at The O2. It's always a happy hunting ground for me.
''Martin is the perfect fight for me at this stage. He's a seasoned campaigner, who's boxed at the highest level for quite some time. He is a world level opponent and I'll have to be fully focused and prepared to beat him.
''A win against Murray on the biggest stage will open a lot of doors and bring me a step closer to achieving my goal of becoming world champion. I'm fully expecting it to be a war; I can't wait.''
Murray (32-3-1), who has fought three times for a world middleweight belt, will have his second crack at the 168lbs title after losing a close decision to Arthur Abraham in Germany in November.
The St Helens fighter was stopped by middleweight kingpin Gennady Golovkin in February, lost to Sergio Martinez in 2013 and held Felix Sturm to a draw in 2011.
"This is a fight I've wanted for a while and I'm delighted it's made," said Murray.
"I've had some huge profile fights all over the world in Golovkin, Martinez and Abraham but never had the big one in the UK.
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"This is a fight that British fight fans can really get their teeth into and I'm looking forward to getting the win and moving on to challenging for the world title later in the year."
Promoter Eddie Hearn said: "We are looking to put on one of our strongest cards yet at The O2, topped by the huge domestic clash between George Groves and Martin Murray which is set to be a wonderful clash. Watch this space for some more big fights added soon."