George Groves ready to take world title at fourth attempt against Fedor Chudinov

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Last Updated: 19/04/17 9:38pm

George Groves says he's confident of becoming WBA Super super-middleweight world champion when he faces Fedor Chudinov for the title

George Groves believes he is ready to capture a world title when he meets Fedor Chudinov for the WBA Super super-middleweight title.

The Londoner has lost out on three previous attempts at capturing a world title, suffering back-to-back defeats to Carl Froch before a points loss to Badou Jack in 2015.

Groves has won his last four bouts since linking up with trainer Shane McGuigan and the 'Saint' credits McGuigan with helping him get to a place where he feels ready to become a world champion.

"The Badou Jack defeat was probably my lowest time, even after losing to Carl Froch. It wasn't as big an event but it was terrible," Groves told Sky Sports News HQ.

The Londoner says he was left distraught after his loss to Badou Jack

"I didn't spend too long out of the gym [after that loss]. I knew I needed a change and I took to Shane McGuigan after meeting him.

"I knew it was the right thing for me. We had a great year last year and things in the gym are going great.

"I'm improving and I'm in a good place. I've learned from my mistakes and now I'm in the best possible position to win a world title."

Groves won the WBA International title in his second fight under Shane McGuigan

Hard-hitting Russian Chudinov fought in England in 2015, outpointing recently-crowned British light-heavyweight champion Frank Buglioni at Wembley Arena.

Eddie Hearn confirmed discussions are ongoing with Groves' promoter Kalle Sauerland about staging the Londoner's bout with Chudinov on the undercard of Kell Brook's IBF welterweight title defence against Errol Spence Jr at Bramall Lane on May 27.

Hearn told Sky Sports News HQ: "We're in talks with George and Kalle regarding adding Groves-Chudinov to the huge Brook-Spence night in May.

Fedor Chudinov beat Frank Buglioni in his only fight in England

"We're finalising the paperwork now and hope for a formal announcement over the next few days."

While Groves is not prepared to look too far beyond his next bout, the 29-year-old admits he remains keen on a bout with IBF champion and former amateur stablemate James DeGale in the future.

"It's the logical fight," said Groves, who is the only man to have beaten DeGale in the paid ranks.

Groves beat DeGale to become British champion in 2011

"People have said my whole career that the fight is there for you - it might not be though - there were a few offers for a fight in the summer and it didn't make logical sense.

"If he's still world champion, then that fight could take place. It's a fight I'd love to have before I hang up the gloves and I'm sure he would as well.

"If it all goes wrong, then we'll still meet up at the back of Dale Youth [the amateur club they boxed at together] to fight!"

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