George Groves will be looking to stop Glen Johnson in their fight on Saturday night

Last Updated: 15/12/12 11:15pm

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George Groves: Looking to make a statement against Glen Johnson

George Groves: Looking to make a statement against Glen Johnson

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George Groves will be looking to make a statement when he clashes with veteran Glen Johnson at the ExCel Arena on Saturday night.

The 43-year-old Jamaican has hauled himself out of retirement to take the fight with 'St George', who is looking to make a name for himself in the super-middleweight division.

"Stopping him would make a huge statement."
George Groves

Johnson has been in with the very best throughout his long career and although he is past his prime, he's expected to provide a stern examination for Groves, who has been marking time since beating James DeGale last year.

"I'm ranked highly with all the four major sanctioning bodies so now I've arrived in world class I want to build on those rankings," he said.

"I want to keep my options open with all the organisations so that if any door opens, against any of the champions, I can jump straight in. We're already knocking loudly.

"Clearly Glencoffe knows how to survive, even if he doesn't come to survive.

"Stopping him would make a huge statement. I do expect to stop him but don't expect him to just fall over."

Groves prepares for Johnson

Promising

On the same bill, Billy Joe Saunders defends his Commonwealth middleweight title and fights for the vacant British belt when he meets former unlicensed boxer Nick Blackwell.

The 23-year-old 2008 Olympian turned professional at the same time as DeGale and Frankie Gavin, but is viewed by many as the most promising of the trio.

"I didn't really get pro boxing at first. I thought that as long as stayed hydrated and ate fresh food, I'd be okay. But now I really live the life, take all the right vitamins and supplements," he said.

"I've not really shown what I'm about in the ring but people at our gym have seen a big improvement. Hopefully Blackwell will hang around long enough for me to really show my classy boxing."

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