The WBC super-middleweight world title fight between champion Badeau Jack (19-1-1, 12 KOs) and mandatory challenger George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs) will take place September 12th . The bout lands on the televised undercard of the main event between unbeaten pound for pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. and former 2-time world champion Andre Berto. The site venue will be the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada. Huge opportunity for both fighters on a massive stage.
Groves will get his third chance at a world title in less than two years. His first came against world champion Carl Froch in November 2013. Groves dropped Froch early in the fight and appeared close to pulling off the upset when the bout was thought by many to be questionably stopped in round 8. Groves was ahead on all official scorecards at the time of the stoppage. A large amount of the public in the United Kingdom wanted to see a rematch to erase any doubt. The two would meet again just 7 months later at the famed Wembley Arena in London, England in front of a reported 80 thousand fans. This time all doubt was erased as Froch emphatically knocked out Groves in round 8. This left Groves 0 and 2 in world title fights. Groves to his credit has bounced back reeling off 2 consecutive wins to put himself back into this current world title opportunity.
Jack himself knows a little something about redemption. He was unbeaten heading into his fight with veteran Derek Edwards last year. Jack was down twice in round one of the fight and stopped in that very same round. Gone was his unbeaten record and many thought his championship aspirations were all but gone as well. Jack followed up his loss with a few wins in a row. Jack who is promoted by Floyd Mayweather Jr. was given a chance at WBC world champion Anthony Dirrell this past April. Jack took full advantage of his opportunity and pulled of the upset to become WBC Super middleweight champion of the world.
Groves has actually fought in Las Vegas earlier in his career. Jack actually resides in Las Vegas and has fought there many times. The show is also being promoted by his promoter. It is a very evenly matched fight on paper. Both guys have shown resilience in their young careers. They both now will have the opportunity to display their skills in front of a large viewing audience in attendances and on television. Their styles should make for a very entertaining fight. We shall now see if there will be a new world champion or the reign of the current one continuing on.