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George Groves to face David Brophy before big summer showdown

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He’s back once more. Following his five-round destruction of Andrea Di Luisa in January, George Groves will continue his road to redemption with a domestic clash against David Brophy on April 9. Scotsman Brophy has amassed a record of 16-0-0 so far as a professional, and insists he is ready to show the world what he’s capable of against Groves on the Martin vs. Joshua undercard.

“This is a massive opportunity for me,” said Brophy. “I have done my apprenticeship and I have waited patiently for a chance, so this is a great chance for me to show what I can do on an outstanding show.

“I said yes to the fight straightaway. I didn’t even know how many rounds it was, or anything about the money, I just said yes. I haven’t been in the limelight, you never really are in Scotland, so opportunities don’t come too often and you miss 100 per cent of the opportunities you don’t take.

 “I don’t mind being the underdog. I know people will say I am the underdog straight away and George is a good fighter and I know that. But I am more than prepared for this step up and I will give it everything I have got. I feel really confident and I would have taken the fight if I wasn’t. I’m not here to make up numbers and that’s the first mistake that anybody will make. I’m there to do a job.

 “I expect George to be fast and to try and do a job on me. I feel as if he is going to have a big fight in the summer, and whatever that is I think they will be treating me as a stepping stone and that is even better for me because I don’t mind being the underdog and I don’t mind going into somebody’s back garden either.”

That ‘big fight’ which the Scotsman is referring to is the huge potential clash between George Groves and Martin Murray in the summer – both of whom are looking to rebuild a case for another world title shot. Negotiations between Matchroom and Sauerland are believed to be at an advanced stage, with Brophy being viewed by many as another chance for Groves to impress in front of a big audience ahead of the expected summer bout.

Groves certainly appeared to be already looking ahead to the summer when asked about his domestic clash with Brophy next month.

“It’s nice to be in a domestic dust-up!” he said. “David is an undefeated fighter so I’m sure he will be coming with a lot of confidence. It’s great to be back on Sky Sports and part of a great Box Office line-up. I’m looking forward to it. 

“I had a good performance last time out against Di Luisa and I will be using that momentum going in this fight. Hopefully I’ll get a similar result and we can move on to the bigger fights in the summer.

“The work with Shane is going well. I think we will see even more improvements. The sparring has been better, the technical sessions have been better. I think that will come out more and more in this next fight. 

“I’m sure it won’t be long until back in the World title mix. There’s plenty of big fights out there for me, and I’m willing to fight anyone, so we will see what routes open for me.”

The action-packed show will be live on Sky Sports Box Office on April 9, with Lee Selby and Matthew Macklin also featuring on the bill. Should George Groves come through with ease, a big test against Murray in the summer is looking more than likely.

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