Groves to fight Jonkus on a Friday night for the future!!

15 10 2009

George Groves’s opponent for Frank Maloney’s bill at the Seaburn Centre in Sunderland on Friday night has been confirmed as Tadas Jonkus who fought Dublin’s Anthony Fitzgerald on the undercard of Bernard Dunne’s WBA Super-Bantamweight title defense against Poonsawat Kraetingdaenggym.

Tadas Jonkus

Tadas Jonkus

The Lithuanian has three stoppages from his 4 victories and has never been stopped himself making it a good test for ‘The Saint’ who is boxing for the second time in 12 days after his 5th round stoppage of Martins Kukuls last time out at the York hall. Groves, who recently signed with promoter Frank Maloney but will continue to be trained and managed by Team Hayemaker, will be making his 6th professional outing on Friday night and has been making outstanding progress so far. Speaking after Groves’ victory over Kukuls, former Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion of the World and current Heavyweight World title contender, David Haye spoke highly of the young prospect, “He did exactly what I know he can do. He just needs to keep doing the same things, keep showing patience and punch variety, work the body, work the head, he did everything in that fight he needs to do.”

“He stopped a tough, durable guy. That guy was here to win and would have upset a lot of young prospects coming through if they weren’t in shape, but George can’t be in better shape than he is, and he came through”, Haye said.

Groves will be hoping victory against Jonkus helps confirm a fight on the undercard of Haye’s Sky Box Office Heavyweight title fight with Nikolai Valuev on Nov 7th. “I’m really looking forward to that. It’s a dream come true to box on a Heavyweight World title show.” Groves said. “My debut was at the O2 on his undercard and now I’m boxing on the undercard of his Heavyweight World title fight so I can’t wait.”

It’s Jonkus first up for Groves though, who will be looking to put in a good performance on a superb Friday night bill of boxing in the North east that also includes Sunderland’s Olympic bronze medallist Tony Jeffries (3-0), and amateur rival Travis Dickinson (3-0).

“I’ll be boxing alongside Tony Jeffries and Travis Dickinson, the next two around my class, so I’m out to prove I’m better than them guys.” Groves said. It’ll certainly make intriguing viewing to see the three Super-middleweights all on the same night and may well be a sign of things to come in the future.

“Down the line there could be a rivalry between [George], Tony and Travis to match the 1990s competition between Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and Michael Watson.” said Promoter Frank Maloney. “Obviously there has to be a lot of discussion with George and his management team Adam Booth and David Haye, but a match against Travis is the obvious one.”

“There is some unfinished business from their amateur days and George won’t mind me saying there is a score to settle.”

Well Friday night sees the first chapter of that potential professional rivalry and a great chance to gauge the early progress of three of the country’s brightest hopes for the future in a division that also includes James DeGale and looks all set to explode with excitement in the coming years.

Headlining the bill is a British super-bantamweight title defence by Jason Booth (33-5) who faces Hartlepool’s former European champion Michael Hunter.


Tickets priced £35 and £90 are available from 0871 226 1508, Phil Jeffries 0191 564 0202 and http://www.frankmaloney.com. Those buying from the website will receive a discount.

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