George Groves hopeful of WBSS extension


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George Groves has confirmed he will undergo a “minor operation” on his injured shoulder and will apply for his World Boxing Super Series final to be extended by a month.

Groves outclassed Chris Eubank Jr during the semi-final contest in Manchester, winning by unanimous decision, but ‘Saint George’ dislocated his shoulder in the final round.

The 29-year-old, who has won his last seven bouts since the loss to Badou Jack in 2015, battled through the closing stages to book his spot in the final of the WBSS.

He is due to face Callum Smith, who outpointed late replacement Nieky Holzen in the second semi-final to take his record to 24-0, in the final on June 2 but that date will have to be moved back for the fight to go ahead.

Groves revealed on Twitter on Monday morning that he would be going under the knife to resolve the shoulder issue and that would require the final to be moved to July.

“Morning boxing fans. This morning I go in for a minor operation on my injured shoulder,” he tweeted.

“The good news is I’ll be fit to fight in the final in July. We will be applying to the WBSuperSeries for a one-month extension and are hopeful of securing this.”

If Groves’ application for an extension was to be rejected then it would pose a serious question as to who would go up against Smith in the WBSS final.

The obvious candidate would be Eubank Jr although Holzen’s impressive performance against Smith after being called up as a late replacement has received praise.

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