Groves weighs in ahead of Brophy clash

George Groves comfortably made the 12-stone super-middleweight limit when he weighed in ahead of Saturday’s clash with David Brophy at the O2 Arena.

Groves scaled 11st 13lb 2oz and says he is determined to impress against Scotsman Brophy and push himself further into the frame for another world title challenge.

Hammersmith’s former British, Commonwealth and European champion is looking for another chance to become a world champion after losing twice to Carl Froch and suffering a points defeat against Badou Jack in previous attempts.

This weekend’s fight takes place on the undercard of the world heavyweight title showdown between Anthony Joshua and defending champion Charles Martin at the O2 Arena.

It will be Groves’ second outing since the 28-year-old linked up with coach Shane McGuigan, having beaten Andrea Di Luisa in January in his comeback fight following the defeat by Jack.

“I’m feeling good, feeling sharp and looking forward to the fight,” Groves declared.

“Things in training have gone really well – I’ve been showing my skills and am looking to display them on Saturday night.

“There have been some changes and some improvements. I’m feeling sharp and want to put on a good display and then go on to that world title fight.”

Brophy, who weighed in at 11st 13lb 8oz,is unbeaten as a professional, but only one of his 16 career wins have been by knockout and facing Groves represents a huge step up for the 25-year-old.

“It’s a massive opportunity for me and I jumped at the chance of this,” Brophy said.

“I’m obviously going in as the underdog. I don’t mind that an am ready to go.”