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Dislocated shoulder poses threat to Groves' place in World Super Series final

 

By Liam Blackburn

George Groves will see a specialist having dislocated his shoulder in the win over Chris Eubank Jr, but remains adamant he will feature in the World Boxing Super Series final.

Groves successfully defended his WBA world super middleweight title, while also taking Eubank Jr's IBO belt, on points at the Manchester Arena on Saturday.

The victor was tactically superior throughout the all-British bout, yet his shoulder popped out of its socket early in the last round, meaning Groves had to fend off a late Eubank Jr onslaught in their semi-final.

Groves went to hospital after the contest and there is concern that the damage could prevent him from participating in a final, against either Callum Smith or Jurgen Brahmer, that is scheduled for June 2.

"The shoulder's okay," Groves told iFL TV yesterday. "I hope it was clear that it popped out in the 12th round. It went a bit skew-whiff at that point. (It was) probably one of the most painful injuries I've had.

"It's back in now. (I) had some x-rays, going to go and see a specialist either later today or tomorrow.

"I'm confident that hopefully it's not going to be something that's a big problem.

"I think it's only a really big problem if you damage the bone. The x-ray didn't show any of that. I can't hide the fact I got a dislocated shoulder, but hopefully I'll be okay."

Nevertheless, with the final pencilled in for a date less than four months away, the damage Groves sustained casts his availability into doubt.

Promoter Kalle Sauerland was reluctant to discuss a cut-off point if Groves is not ready by early June, even leaving the door ajar on Eubank Jr possibly replacing him.

"It's impossible to answer at the moment," Groves added.

"We will seek advice from the specialists, find out how long it's going to take before I can get back punching.

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