Groves set for Alcoba bout


George Groves will face former world title challenger Noe Gonzalez Alcoba on the undercard of Carl Froch’s unification showdown with Mikkel Kessler at the O2 Arena.

Alcoba has won all but two of his 32 fights with 22 of his 30 victories finishing early, but the 33-year-old Uruguayan has fought outside South America or Mexico only three times.

In 2007 he dropped a wide points decision to Felix Sturm when challenging for the German’s WBA middleweight title.

Unbeaten Groves is hoping to make Alcoba his 19th victim on May 25, nudging him closer to winning a first world title later this year.

“He’s been in with good company and he’s got a big KO record so it will be an explosive fight,” super-middleweight Groves said.

“He’s a bit of a banger so I’ll have to be on my toes. But I feel that I’m right on track for a world title shot now and there’s no margin for error.

“A world title fight in London in September would be a dream come true and it’s not unrealistic to think it will happen.

“I’d love for (promoter) Eddie Hearn to get a world champion over to London and we do a big show in the capital, but I’ve shown I am happy to box overseas and would happily do so again for a world title.”