George Groves has confirmed a fourth attempt at a world title as the WBA have ordered him to fight Fedor Chudinov for their vacant super middleweight title.
The two boxers must complete negotiations by January 5 or else the fight will be force to go through a purse bid in order for it to occur. Promoters Kalle and Nisse Sauerland confirmed the news on Twitter.
Groves' previous attempts at world championship gold have been unsuccessful. His first two losses as a professional came against Carl Froch when challenging for the WBA and IBF titles. His third loss was against Badou Jack for the WBC super middleweight title last year. As a professional, Groves is 25-3 as a pro boxer and is a former Intercontinental and British super middleweight champion
Groves last fought in November against Eduard Gutknecht in a fight famous for the aftermath in which Gutknecht suffered brain damage and is still hospitalized from the damages he suffered in the fight.
Chudinov is 14-1 as a professional, with his most recent fight against Felix Sturm for the WBA "super" super middleweight title resulting in a majority decision loss. Chudinov previously held the WBA's "regular" version of the super middleweight title from May-September 2015, before losing to Sturm. Sturm vacated the title earlier this year due to injury.