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Gutknecht Will Never Fully Recover From Injuries in Groves Fight

By Per Ake Persson

Eduard Gutknecht, who was seriously injured in the fight against George Groves in November, will never make a full recovery, writes German website boxenplus.de.

Julia Gutknecht, Eddie´s wife and the mother of their three children, indicates that the message from the doctors is that the damage to the brain is severe and that it's a miracle that Eddie even survived.

The former fighter is now in a wheelchair, in need of constant care and so far he is unable to speak. There is hope for improvements but not for a full recovery.  He is still  hospitalized and in rehabilitation.

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In the fight with Groves, he lost a twelve round unanimous decision although many felt the referee should have stopped the contest in the earlier rounds. Gutknecht collapsed in the dressing room following the bout and was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery for swelling to the brain.

Gutknecht turned pro with Spotlight Boxing back in 2006 and got his big break in 2009 when he beat Karoly Balzsay. When Spotlight / Universum folded, Eddie was signed up by Sauerland Event and fought some big fights.

In 2014 Sauerland and Gutknecht parted ways and he retired but came back later that year and signed with Wiking Boxteam in 2015 and then fought then WBA light heavyweight champ Juergen Braehmer and later Groves in what was his final fight.

There was a benefit show in December in Bielefeld staged by Wiking Boxteam, but apparently there is a big need for more help and the Gutknecht family and Wiking have since parted ways

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by John Locke on 04-16-2017

Man that's ****ed up. This is a savage sport.

Comment by knockoutkid on 04-16-2017

same day check weigh ins, stop these guys cutting weight who are past their prime and stop younger guys coming in too big like eubank. Groves could also have made the ref stop it rather than prolonging it? he didn't…

Comment by .:: JSFD26 ::. on 04-16-2017

Came to ask if he's in the same state as Magomed and I got the answer once I read the article. That sucks. I hope everything works out for him and his family.

Comment by aboutfkntime on 04-16-2017

truly awful news thoughts with the Gutknecht family

Comment by Eff Pandas on 04-16-2017

[QUOTE=soul_survivor;17596665]Boxing needs tighter regulation on match making.[/QUOTE] 100%. This can be a dangerous sport...a deadly sport even when things go perfectly. There shouldn't be any margin of error with commissions sanctioning mismatches &/or officials not stopping mismatches earlier when a…

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