George Groves
George Groves is the mandatory challenger for Carl Froch's IBF title. [Lawrence Lustig]

George Groves could soon be handed the chance to realise his dream after it was confirmed that the undefeated super-middleweight is in line to face Carl Froch for his IBF title.

Reports emerged on Tuesday revealing that Groves had been made the mandatory challenger for Froch's IBF super-middleweight strap, and that the champion has been given until 12 July to agree to a bout or risk losing his title.

"Adonis Stevenson was the mandatory but got tired of waiting for the opportunity to fight Froch and moved up to light-heavyweight to box for the WBC title," IBF chairman Lindsey Tucker told The Sun.

"Under the rules, when that happens we go down the list to see who is next. We got down as far as Groves and he has been made our mandatory challenger for Froch.

"We have sent letters to both fighters, dated June 10, and asked them to start negotiations for a mandatory defence. The boxers will have until July 12 to come to an agreement. If they can't, we will then call for a purse bid.

"The successful bidder would be notified by July 24 and we would expect the fight to take place 90 days later, which would take us to the middle of October."

Froch won the title in sensational fashion against Lucian Bute and has twice defended the championship, first defeating Yusuf Mack and then gaining revenge over Mikkel Kessler in a war at London's 02 Arena.

Groves appeared on the undercard and has often stated his desire to share a ring with Froch as he looks to secure his first ever world title opportunity.

Froch was said to be unhappy with the Londoner for sparring with Kessler and it seems he may have the opportunity to get rid of his frustration in the ring after promoter Eddie Hearn admitted the fight could happen this year.

"We are in talks regarding a potential blockbuster domestic fight later this year," revealed Hearn, who represents both boxers. "Both fighters have plenty of options and although it's a fight we originally envisaged for next summer, if it makes sense for both fighters, neither has a problem with making it happen."

Groves is some ten years younger than the 'Cobra' and has amassed an impressive record of nineteen wins and no losses, with 15 coming the by the way of a stoppage.