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Groves signs with Warren; DeGale rematch 'definite'

ESPN staff
August 25, 2011
George Groves and James DeGale will now both be promoted by Frank Warren © PA Photos

British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion George Groves has caused a stir by leaving Hayemaker Promotions to a sign three-year deal with Frank Warren.

The news means that Groves is now a stablemate of long-term rival James DeGale, who he claimed his titles from in May in the culmination of a bitter feud.

Groves, unbeaten in his 13 professional bouts, has not returned to the ring since fighting DeGale, with his inactivity fuelling reports he was set to sign with Barry and Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Sport.

But Groves, who will retain Adam Booth as trainer and manager, has thrown a curveball by teaming up with Warren. "Having sat down with Adam Booth and discussed at length what was the best move for my career, we agreed that everything Frank put to us made perfect sense," he said.

"He is the most experienced promoter in Britain by far and we feel he has the experience and ability to take me to the very top. There are exciting times ahead."

Discussing the deal, Warren revealed that a DeGale-Groves rematch is on the cards - although it is unlikely to happen in the near future, with DeGale scheduled to fight for the European title before the end of the year.

"[George is] a good fighter and the last fight against James was the first time I had worked with him," Warren said. "Of course, everyone is asking about a return with James, who I represent, and it is an obvious fight that will definitely happen again.

"The last fight was very close and a few observers felt that it could have gone either way. One thing for sure is the public will want to see it again. It's a big domestic rivalry that will become even bigger."

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