George Groves could miss the World Boxing Super Series final having been taken to hospital with a suspected dislocated shoulder suffered in his victory over Chris Eubank Jr in Manchester.
WBA world champion Groves won his semi-final by beating his fellow Briton on a unanimous points decision 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 in perhaps the finest performance of the super middleweight’s career.
Though Eubank Jr battled a major cut above his eye sustained in the third round, Groves was forced to soldier on in the bout’s dying stages with a serious shoulder injury that not only hampered him on the night, but could also prevent him from facing either Callum Smith or Jurgen Brahmer in a final scheduled for June.
“I haven’t diagnosed it yet but it feels pretty sore,” Groves said in the ring afterwards.
“I wasn’t going to let anything beat me. I’ve boxed on with cuts, broken jaws, everything. Here, I wasn’t going to let any injury get me out. It was about who wanted it most I think and I obviously wanted it most.”
Groves went to hospital rather than attending the post-fight press conference, where his trainer Shane McGuigan elaborated on his fighter’s problem.Chris
Asked if Groves’ shoulder had popped out, McGuigan replied: “He said it felt like that.
“I think it was 50 seconds into the last round. There was no towel going in, when you were so far up on points…well he should have been, I thought the scorecards were far too close.
“He was always going to be able to survive that last two minutes.”
On whether it could rule Groves out of the final, McGuigan added: “It’s a massive concern for the tournament. George Groves’ health is paramount.”
Eubank Jr had hoped this much anticipated domestic contest would elevate him out of his famous father Chris Eubank’s shadow but Groves, the naturally bigger fighter, proved to be too shrewd having previously fought the likes of Carl Froch and Badou Jack.
Though it was bloody and brutal, it was not one for the purists, with Eubank Jr wildly swinging in an attempt to turn the tide.
Afterwards he bemoaned the cut he sustained from an accidental clash of heads.
“I couldn’t see out of my right eye for pretty much most of the fight,” Eubank Jr revealed.
“That affected my style. I had to resort to loading up because every time he would move to my right I couldn’t see him. I would just throw big punches.”