George Groves Targets July Return
George Groves Targeting July Return for Superseries Final, following a shoulder injury in the semi-final against Chris Eubank Jr.
In the fight against George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr, it was Groves who managed to walk out of the ring victorious although he headed straight to the hospital due a shoulder dislocation. The current WBA super middleweight champion, Groves made it clear that he was going to make it to the fight against fellow Englishman Callum Smith.
Winning the fight against Eubank Jr at the Manchester Arena on February 17 automatically secured a place for him in the World Boxing Superseries final. Liverpool’s Callum Smith defeated Nieky Holzken in Germany to also secure his spot in the finals. The clash between the two was initially meant to take place on June 2 at the O2 Arena. However, George Groves applied for a month’s extension to allow him ample time to recover from his shoulder injury.
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The tournament organisers have not yet green-lighted Groves’ suggestion, and it will be a nervous wait. However, Groves remains hopeful. He underwent surgery and later came out glad that he will still be able to fight after a month.
Camosa is the Swiss-backed company running the World Boxing Superseries. They have their own take on any fighter that would sustain injuries before the fight, and it was that they were going to be replaced with a substitute.
We saw that happen in Germany when Callum Smith’s opponent Jurgen Braehmer contracted the flu virus. He was replaced with Nieky Holzken who he beat with a unanimous decision.
The odds as to whether Groves will get his fight seem to, however, stand in his favour. This is because he will be ready to fight in July while the next WBS campaign will be held in September. What’s more, the Londoner George Groves has the only world title in the tournament.
ITV would not go well with the decision to replace Groves as well. It would negatively affect box office sales if he were replaced with a lesser known fighter. The fact that George Groves’ promoter Kalle Sauerland is Camosa’s chief boxing officer certainly means something.
Callum Smith has already shown his support for Groves request by saying that he is willing to wait for him to recover. Smith’s promoter Eddie Hearn also had something to say. “The only final that fans want to see is Groves and Smith, and we are prepared to wait”.
The win over Neiky Holzken is Callum Smith’s 24th victory. He may not have won most memorably, winning on points against the 34-year-old Dutchman, but he did manage to turn the fight into one of the most significant bouts of his career.
In Smith’s own words about his faceoff with George Groves, he said “I’m looking forward to it, George was the one everyone wanted to fight. That’s the fight I wanted. Fingers crossed he can recover, and we can get the fight on. He is the man to beat—he is the number one seed, and it’s the fight that I wanted”.