By James Slater
George Groves, the highly ranked super-middleweight who has already captured the British and Commonwealth titles, will move one step closer to a shot at a major world title on May 25th. 25-year-old Groves, 18-0(14) will face Uruguay’s Noe Gonzalez Alcoba on May 25th at The O2 in London. Groves’ fight will be chief support to Mikkel Kessler’s epic rematch with Carl Froch.
Groves’ trainer, Adam Booth, told West London Sport that a win over Alcona will get Groves in a position to be able to get some kind of mandatory title shot.
“If Carl [Froch] beats Kessler, I think he will have his eyes set on people like Andre Ward,” Booth said. “But winning will make George 19-0. He is already really highly ranked and it’s about consolidating those rankings and getting a mandatory shot – whoever that’s against.”
On paper, Groves looks to have much skill for 33-year-old Alcoba. The slugger who lives in Argentina has a good record at 30-2(22) during which he has been stopped just once – by Adonis Stevenson (TKO2) last April – and Alcoba is a former WBA title challenger; losing a wide decision to Felix Sturm back in 2007. But “El Carbonero” holds no obviously notable victories.
Having fought all over the world apart from England – with fights taken in Mexico, Canada, USA and Germany – its unlikely Alcoba will be intimidated in London. Still, it would be one huge upset if Groves were to be derailed next month.