Groves named Britain’s best young boxer

Hammersmith’s George Groves has been named Britain’s best young boxer.

The unbeaten 23-year-old added the British super-middleweight title to his Commonwealth crown when he beat arch rival and fellow West Londoner James DeGale in May.

That split-decision victory enhanced Groves’ growing reputation and put him in the frame for a possible world title shot next year.

“I am chuffed to have been voted Young Boxer of the Year,” said Groves.

“There are a lot of talented fighters in the UK at the moment and to just be considered for this award is fantastic.”

Groves won a close fight against Harlesden's DeGale

Past winners of the Boxing Writers’ Club’s prestigious award include Amir Khan and former world champions Ken Buchanan, John Conteh, Barry McGuigan, Frank Bruno, Nigel Benn, Naseem Hamed,  Joe Calzaghe and Ricky Hatton.

Last year’s award went to current WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly.

“Our aim is to do this award justice by turning this young boxer into a world champion,” said Groves’ manager Adam Booth.

Groves will return to action on 5 November, when he will face former British champion Paul Smith, who lost the title to DeGale.

It will be Groves’ first fight since linking up with promoter Frank Warren and will be screened live on the newly-created boxing channel BoxNation.

“I think BoxNation’s a great idea and can do a lot of good for boxing,” said Groves.

“I’m looking forward to the Smith fight. I’ve got under his skin so it should be a good one.”

Warren added: “It’s fantastic news that George has been awarded the Best Young Boxer of the Year award.

“He’s got a big fight coming up against Paul Smith and there will be fireworks in that one.”