Groves signs with Sauerland

Barely two weeks before super middleweight contender George Groves of England challenges unified titleholder and countryman Carl Froch in a highly anticipated rematch on May 31 (HBO) at Wembley Stadium in London, he signed with German promoter Sauerland Event on Tuesday.

“I am extremely pleased to have signed with Team Sauerland,” Groves said. “I have boxed on their shows in the past and have known Kalle and Nisse [Sauerland] for years. The shows they put on in Europe are phenomenal. This is definitely a step in the right direction for me as I look to build my name not only across Europe but all around the world. I feel that now I have the right team in place to help me achieve everything I need to in boxing.”

Froch (32-2, 23 KOs) won their initial meeting in November by virtue of an extremely controversial ninth-round stoppage victory, one in which referee Howard John Foster was heavily criticized for a quick stoppage. The rematch has caught fire in England, and a crowd approaching 80,000 is expected.

Groves (19-1, 15 KOs) did not have a promoter, but had been working with Froch promoter Eddie Hearn on a fight-by-fight basis.

“We are proud to have won the race for George’s signature and look forward to guiding one of the most exciting talents on the planet,” Kalle Sauerland said. “We are sure that George will write boxing history and delighted that we will be a part of the journey on a personal and business level."