George Groves says win over Noe Gonzales will improve world title hopes
George Groves believes beating Noe Gonzalez will move him even closer to the world title shot he wants.
Last Updated: 18/05/13 11:57am
The unbeaten super-middleweight takes on the unknown Noe Gonzalez as the chief support to Carl Froch-Mikkel Kessler II at the O2 Arena on May 25, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Groves holds the Commonwealth title but admits that after 18-0, he believes he is ready to take on the very best.
He admits he will happily take on Froch in Autumn whatever the outcome, but knows he needs to show the rest of the world-class super-middlweights what he can do.
Gonzalez (30-2) lost his recent attempt to take the WBC Silver title but is known as a huge puncher with 22 KO's and his last two fights lasting less than a round.
And Groves believes beating him could be the breakthrough he needs.
"He looks like a very good fighter," he told skysports.com.
"He's got a good record and he can whack, against good opposition and he is trying to map out his way to a world title as well.
"This looks like a good match and I imagine it will become some sort of eliminator for both of us."
Groves has held the British title but has not fought a compatriot for four fights, a two-round demolition of Paul Smith two years ago.
He has beaten former world champion Glen Johnson since than and has fought in both the USA and Germany.
And having signed for Matchroom, the 25-year-old is convinced his plan is comin to fruition.
"I am taking my own steps to fighting for a world title," he said.
"This a big fight and also, I am fighting as the chief on the undercard for a huge fight for Britain, so it should be great and I might well be fighting the winner of Froch-Kessler down the line.
"The one thing I want more than anything right now is a huge fight, a world-title fight and there are plenty of world champions out there, so whichever comes my way will do."