George Groves returns to action on Cleverly-Bellew undercard

George Groves beats Christopher Rebrasse
Groves is the current European super middleweight champion

George Groves will face American Denis Douglin on the undercard of the rematch between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew in Liverpool on 22 November.

The 26-year-old super-middleweight made his comeback from his knockout defeat by Carl Froch on 20 September, beating Christopher Rebrasse at Wembley Arena.

As a result, Groves became the mandatory challenger for Anthony Dirrell's WBC world title.

"I'm in a good position. I can't afford any slip-ups," he told Sky Sports.

"If I lose this fight, I lose my mandatory slot so it's a high risk, but it's a few more rounds in the bank before I go after the ultimate goal of a world title."

If he beats Douglin, who has won 17 out of 20 contests, Groves says he would like his third world title shot to be in the UK next year.

"If we can't agree terms with Dirrell's people, we've got a purse bid situation in December so that's going to take place in Vegas," said the current European super-middleweight champion.

"We are going to head out there, try to win the bid and bring the fight to London.

"Hopefully if all goes to plan, we'll be challenging for a world title on British soil around February, March, April time."

Groves could fight James DeGale, who is also on the undercard at the Echo Arena on 22 November against Marco Antonio Periban, in what is another rematch.

Groves beat DeGale by a close majority decision for the British title in May 2011, and believes the 2008 Olympic gold medallist will have no other option but to face him again.

"James knows his value revolves around me so we could cross paths again. It could happen. It would be an enormous fight. Because of the history, because of the animosity- It could be bigger than my fight with Froch in May."

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