British super middleweight contender George Groves was added Thursday to the undercard of the fight between heavyweight world titleholder Charles Martin and Anthony Joshua on April 9 at the O2 Arena in London, organizers announced on Thursday.
Groves (22-3, 17 KOs), who will be boxing in his hometown, will face Scotland's David Brophy (16-0-1, 1 KO), who will be taking a massive step up in opposition against the former three-time world title challenger.
Groves twice suffered knockout losses to Carl Froch in world title bouts and lost a decision to Badou Jack in a September title fight. If Groves beats Brophy, he likely will face countryman Martin Murray (32-3-1, 15 KOs), a longtime contender and former four-time world title challenger, this summer, according to Groves promoter Team Sauerland and Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, who is putting on the April 9 card and promotes Murray.
"It's nice to be in a domestic dustup," Groves said. "David is an undefeated fighter, so I'm sure he will be coming with a lot of confidence."
After the loss to Jack on the Floyd Mayweather-Andre Berto undercard in Las Vegas, Groves, 27, knocked out Italy's Andrea Di Luisa on Jan. 30 in London. The fight was Groves' first under the guidance of trainer Shane McGuigan.
"I had a good performance last time out against Di Luisa and I will be using that momentum going into this fight," Groves said. "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 I'm 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."
Said Kalle Sauerland, Groves' promoter: "George has never shied away from a challenge. This will be another good test for George and a chance for him to showcase more of the improvements he has made since teaming up with Shane McGuigan. It's an exciting time for the 'Saint,' with a lot of big fights on the horizon."
Brophy, 25, has mainly boxed in four- and six-round bouts. He has had only one scheduled 10-round fight; the match with Groves will be his first 12-rounder.
"This is a massive opportunity for me," Brophy said. "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 percent of the opportunities you don't take.
"I don't mind being the underdog. I know people will say I am the underdog straightaway. 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."