Groves to face James Obede Toney on Oct 30th

1 10 2010

George Groves will defend his Commonwealth title against James Obede Toney at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, on October 30th, live on Sky Sports.

Having been scheduled to take on Carl Dilks before he opted to take on James DeGale on the recent Magnificent Seven card, Hayemaker have now confirmed the tough Ghanaian as Groves’ new opponent.

“Toney is the fight I wanted in the first place, the only reason we looked to get a UK-based fighter was for publicity reasons and also to force my way into this British title mix,” Groves told skysports.com.

“Toney has an impressive record, he has been in with good company and only come unstuck when facing opponents of the highest level.

“He is the sort of opponent who will bring the best out of me, and serve me well in the long run. I’m looking forward to a tough challenge.”

Toney was a known puncher at middleweight and has stopped 21 of his 24 victims early. He has only lost three times in 28 fights and 10 years as a pro.

Two of those came back-to-back; against current IBF world champion Lucien Bute in eight rounds in September 2006 and Roman Karmazin – who has just held IBF middleweight boss Sebastian Sylvester to a draw – four months later.

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