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George Groves to return on January 30th with new trainer

Martin Murray and Paul and Callum Smith are listed among the possible foes.

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Patrick Stumberg is a freelance writer for SB Nation, first joining the network in 2011 before linking up with Bad Left Hook in 2015.

The last two years have not been kind to George Groves, who's come up short in three separate world title bids. He's out to change this. Matchroom and Sauerland have announced via press release that the 27-year-old will compete on their January 30th card in London, while Sky Sports spoke to Groves and Eddie Hearn about the future.

Groves (21-3, 16 KO) has dropped trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick, who took over for Adam Booth just before Groves' first war with Carl Froch. It's understandable that he'd want a change, considering his recent split decision loss to Badou Jack and, of course, the time he got knocked out by Froch in front of 80,000 screaming fans at Wembley.

Neither his new trainer nor opponent have been announced, but Hearn has some ideas, either for January or another time in 2016.

Hearn told Sky Sports: "Although Groves is keen to challenge for another world title as soon as possible, I'm sure Kalle [Sauerland] will discuss the likes of Martin Murray, Callum and Paul Smith as potential opponents for next year.

It would certainly be interesting to see him deal with fellow bridesmaid Murray, who has himself lost all three times he's fought for a world title, most recently dropping a decision to Arthur Abraham on Saturday.

The card will be headlined by John Wayne Hibbert's Commonwealth title defense against undefeated Tommy Martin.

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