An injury suffered by George Groves could prove vital to Chris Eubank Jr. ahead of an official announcement by the World Boxing Super Series early next week.
Despite Groves defeating Eubank Jr. via decision in Manchester, ‘The Saint’ suffered what is feared to be a dislocated shoulder which could mean the Londoner misses the final.
Currently slated for June 2 at The O2 Arena, the WBSS showpiece event may prove out of reach for Groves to regain full fitness.
This would mean Eubank Jr. gets called back to oppose either Callum Smith or Juergen Braehmer for the Ali Trophy.
Sauerland are expected to act swiftly to make a formal decision on whether they could potentially delay the final to give time for Groves to recover.
Previously, the WBSS have stated a reserve would be called up for injured fighters in order to keep the stringent format of the competition’s completion before the next weight classes are announced and draw takes place in July.
Initially addressing the injury, trainer Shane McGuigan said this on when Groves’ suffered his ailment: “He knew something was wrong but he was able to slip and tie him up. Eubank Jr. was hurt numerous times and that’s why he was so heavy legged later on and couldn’t land the shots he needed,” he pointed out.
“There was no towel going in when you are that far up on points. He was always going to survive that last two minutes. He missed with a long left hook and when you’re fatigued it’s an awkward shot.”
Kalle Sauerland, speaking at the post-fight press conference, alluded to the fact Eubank Jr. still has a chance of making the final, whilst stating Groves could also be given extra time to be 100% fit.
“We have a scope for when the tournament has to be completed; I won’t go into details on that now, but we’ll wait until Monday,” Sauerland said.
“We’re hopeful. With those sort of injuries, it can be that he can train very, very quickly again if it’s just a case of it popping out.
“No one knows if there’s any damage until the scans have been analysed by experts.
“The way he boxed and tied him up just with the right hand and stole time was, for me, an heroic ending to the fight,” he added.
It’s thought the end of June could be the ultimate cut-off point for Groves, whilst a dislocated shoulder can take up to 16 weeks to completely recover.
A huge thank you to all the boxing fans who had the Manchester arena rocking last night. I had a great time! ????
Huge thank you to @McGuigans_Gym and the rest of my fantastic team.
A medical update on the shoulder coming soon! pic.twitter.com/6BjglEVDFc
— George Groves (@StGeorgeGroves) February 18, 2018
That fact could prove a big problem for Groves and leave Eubank Jr. with a big decision to make regarding a possible move back down to middleweight.
More should come to light over the next two days