That whole Fedor Chudinov thing may have to wait.
Three-time world title challenger George Groves has announced that he will take on Kazakh veteran Eduard Gutknecht on November 18th in Wembley Arena. No other fights have yet been announced for the card, which UK fans can watch on Channel 5.
Groves (24-3, 18 KO) has won three straight since a split decision loss to Badou Jack two Septembers ago. He’s 5-1 overall since the "80,000 screaming fans" incident, the best win among them a one-sided decision over Martin Murray in June.
Gutknecht (30-4-1, 13 KO), thirty-four, has bounced between super middleweight and light heavyweight throughout his career. Three of his four losses have come against Robert Stieglitz and Jurgen Braehmer, the fourth against Dmitry Sukhotsky in 2013.
His second loss to Braehmer came in March.
This is a step sideways at best for Groves; the Murray win would have been a decent segue into a contender fight or vacant title bout. He needs to knock Gutknecht out to keep hope alive that he won’t come up short a fourth time.