George Groves aiming for world title by end of 2014

George Groves
George Groves has won 19 of his 21 fights, with 15 knockouts

George Groves believes he can become a world champion by Christmas as he prepares to face France's Christopher Rebrasse in September.

Beating Rebrasse, 32, would set up a fight with Sakio Bika for the WBC belt.

Groves told BBC Radio 5 live: "I believe I belong at world level. I'd love to come through the fight unscathed and straight into a world title challenge before Christmas.

"That would be ideal: to be a world champion going into 2015."

Groves faces European champion Rebrasse in a final eliminator for the WBC version of the world super-middleweight title at Wembley Arena on 20 September.

The 26-year-old will be making a swift return to the ring following his knockout defeat by IBF and WBA champion Carl Froch at Wembley Stadium in May.

Londoner Groves is hoping to secure a third world title shot, having twice been beaten by WBA and IBF champion Froch.

Their first encounter last November ended in controversy when referee Howard Foster stopped the contest following a flurry of shots from Froch, who had been floored in the opening round and was behind on the scorecards.

But he was an emphatic winner in the rematch, flattening Groves with a superb right hand in the eighth round.

"It is great to be back at Wembley and back to world-class boxing," said Groves.

"Last time I was here it didn't go as well as I would've hoped, but I think I have proved I belong here.

"Win this fight and I am back in the picture. I can't wait to be world champion and it will happen in the near future.

"It's good to be back in boxing and back in at the deep end."

Rebrasse has a record of 22 wins, two defeats and three draws, with only six of his wins coming inside the distance.

Groves, who has won 19 of his 21 fights, with 15 knockouts, has previously held the British and Commonwealth titles.