November bout for Froch and Groves
Carl Froch's super-middleweight world title clash with fellow Englishman George Groves will take place in Manchester on November 23.
The Nottingham veteran will put his WBA and IBF belts on the line against unbeaten Londoner Groves at the Phones 4U Arena in the north west.
Froch has been dismissive of Groves' qualifications to challenge for the belts but Eddie Hearn, who promotes both men, announced the fight would happen in July after Groves became mandatory challenger for the IBF belt.
"I'm delighted to bring this event to Manchester on November 23," said Matchroom boss Hearn. "This 'Battle of Britain' is a fascinating fight between a true legend of British boxing in Carl Froch and a superb young talent in George Groves; it's going to be some atmosphere, some occasion.
"Phone lines, twitter and emails haven't stopped for tickets since we confirmed the fight. We are expecting another instant sell out when we go on sale on September 17."
The showdown will be Froch's first fight since adding the WBA title to his IBF crown with a career-defining win against former conqueror Mikkel Kessler in May.
Groves has gradually manoeuvred himself into world title contention with an unblemished start to his career since turning professional in 2008.
However, his biggest win to date was against old rival James DeGale in 2011 and he remains largely untested at elite level, despite an impressive stoppage win over Noe Gonzalez Alcoba on the Froch-Kessler undercard in May.
He riled Froch somewhat earlier this year when he sparred with Kessler as the Dane prepared to fight the Nottingham man, prompting accusations of disloyalty.
Froch expects to dispatch his young rival comfortably this autumn before pursuing a rematch with American champion Andre Ward, the only man other than Kessler to beat him.
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