Groves Has Shoulder Surgery; WBSS Final Versus Smith Postponed

By Keith Idec

George Groves announced Monday morning that he would undergo shoulder surgery.

The procedure caused the WBA/IBO super middleweight champion to postpone his World Boxing Super Series super middleweight final against Callum Smith until at least July. London’s Groves (28-3, 20 KOs) was scheduled to battle Liverpool’s Smith (24-0, 17 KOs) for his two titles and the WBSS’ Muhammad Ali trophy June 2 at O2 Arena in London.

Groves revealed the surgery and the postponement of the Smith match through his Twitter account.

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“Morning boxing fans,” Groves stated. “This morning I go in for a minor operation on my injured shoulder. The good news is I’ll be fit to fight in July. We will be applying to the @WBSuperSeries for a one month extension and are hopeful of securing this. #TeamSGG.”

Groves, 29, hinted that there was something significantly wrong with his left shoulder in the ring following Smith’s unanimous-decision victory over the Netherlands’ Nieky Holzken (13-1, 10 KOs) in the other WBSS semifinal Saturday night in Nuremberg, Germany.

The injury occurred during the final round of Groves’ 12-round, unanimous-decision defeat of England’s Chris Eubank Jr. (26-2, 20 KOs) in their WBSS semifinal February 17 in Manchester, England. Groves said Saturday that he dislocated his shoulder, which required a doctor to pop his shoulder back in place.

Following Smith’s win Saturday, Groves said, “I am extremely confident that I’ll be more than fit to fight in the final against Callum Smith. I have to be, because I’ve had two great wins so far, Callum likewise. This is the fight people wanna see. I’m WBA champion; I’m No. 1 seed. I need to now go in there and win that trophy.”

Before beating Eubank in a much-anticipated domestic clash, Groves knocked out another British boxer, Jamie Cox, in the fourth round of their WBSS quarterfinal October 14 in London.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by revelated on 05-19-2018

LOL - CALLED IT!!! [url][/url] [QUOTE=The Sun] Eubank Jnr outclassed in semi-final but Groves has failed to recover from shoulder injury in time to face Callum Smith in final and WBSS are set to announce decision has been made[/QUOTE]

Comment by IronDanHamza on 02-27-2018

Doesn't make any logical sense to bring someone else in.

Comment by revelated on 02-27-2018

[QUOTE=MaksBox;18522658]Smith is garbage so completely possible he would win! Would still mean nothing and just end up showing the WBSS for super middle weight was just a sham.[/QUOTE] That's why I laugh. Imagining all of the people screaming conspiracy to…

Comment by MaksBox on 02-27-2018

[QUOTE=revelated;18522617]But could you imagine the hilarious anger and ranting on NSB and social media if they let him take Groves' spot and he goes on to win the thing fresh off a dominant loss? LOL[/QUOTE] Smith is garbage so completely…

Comment by revelated on 02-27-2018

[QUOTE=MaksBox;18522585]Eubanks? LOL. he is ****... Just like Smith.... but yeah. lol. The tournament is complete garbage if they end up replacing folks in the semi finals... In either case... it would be garbage... it is all about the belts, not…

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