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George Groves admits he is willing to face the winner of Carl Froch v Mikkel Kessler as he attempts to prove himself at world title level.
The unbeaten 24-year-old signed this week with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing after splitting with promoter Frank Warren and Groves believes he is ready for the big names in the super-middleweight division.
Groves marks his return to Sky Sports with a fight against Dario German Balmaceda on the undercard of Darren Barker-Simon Rotolo this Saturday night at Wembley Arena.
He hopes to land a fight against the winner of Arthur Abraham's WBO title defence against Robert Stieglitz on March 23, but Groves feels he is also edging towards the likes of Froch, who is a fellow Hearn fighter.
"I've been putting in some quality stuff in the gym. I haven't quite had the chance to get that momentum across for real in the ring, but I'm No 1 contender now for the WBO ," he told Sky Sports.
"Arthur Abraham is the champion, he's fighting Robert Stieglitz, that goes out two weeks after my fight so I'll probably be in Germany watching that, and if I can get a shot at one of those guys, whoever wins.
"Also signing with Matchroom, I'm a step closer to maybe fighting the winner of Froch v Kessler."
When asked about a fight against either IBF champion Froch or WBA king Kessler, he said: "Once you make that step up to fighting at world level, fighting for world titles and becoming a world champion there is no step back, so obviously that's a bit daunting.
"But I know I'm ready. I've got a great team around me, as I say, I've been putting the work in the gym. It's about time I need to step up and if the fights can be made I'll take them, and soon I'll be a world champion."
Kessler claimed a points win over Froch after their ferocious first battle in 2010 and Groves expects more fireworks when they meet again at the 02 Arena in London on May 25.
"The first time the two shared the ring it was an exciting brawl to say the least and I think both fighters seem to be in a better place," said Groves, who is set to fight as chief support on the same bill.
"Carl's on cloud nine, he's a pay-per-view fighter now. Kessler, from what I hear, is in good shape and coming off a good win as well. It builds for a great fight."