World Boxing Super Series organisers, Comosa AG, have finally seen sense and agreed to allow George Groves (28-3, 20KOs) to participate in the super-middleweight final against Callum Smith (24-0, 17KOs) following a successful fitness test.
The all British final was put into jeopardy due to a dislocated shoulder that Groves suffered during his victory over Chris Eubank Jr in February. Chief Boxing Officer Kalle Sauerland was looking at alternative opponents to replace the WBA champion with Eubank Jr the favorite to fill in for the 30-year-old.
“We are waiting for the final discussions and reports from George before we know whether he will be able to make the timeline of the final,” Sauerland said.
“If we need a replacement then I would look for a solution from within the tournament so Eubank Jr is a name that would come up.”
Thankfully Groves was able to prove that he is medically fit to compete in the final which was originally set for this up and coming weekend, June 2 at the Manchester Arena.
“George Groves keeps his place in World Boxing Super Series final,” reported Chris McKenna of the Daily Star.
“They were ready to put in Chris Eubank Jr who started training for a June date but Groves’ team fought to keep him in and he’s proven his fitness.
“Date and venue tbc later today.”
Rumor has it that the venue should remain the same with the final taking place later in the summer.
This really is excellent news for the tournament which has been a revelation for boxing as a whole. The super-middleweight’s have lived up to their expectations and produced great excitement for our viewing pleasure, although surprisingly it has been the cruiserweight’s that have really caught the public’s attention. Both 8-man tournaments have been a success though and I’m sure season 2 will be even better.