Injured Groves out of world title fight

George Groves will not fight for the WBO super-middleweight world title against Robert Stieglitz on May 5 after suffering an injury.


The 24-year-old has been forced to pull out of the bout after a picking up the injury during his training camp in Cyprus.

It is the second fight in quick succession Groves has had to pull out of, having withdrawn from a scheduled defence of his British and Commonwealth belts against Kenny Anderson with a back problem.

"I am truly sorry to everyone who will be affected by this," said the 24-year-old.

"This is the toughest decision I've ever had to make and I am gutted, but nothing worth having is given away. It's only made me more determined to become world champion."

"We tried to work through it, but soon realised I wouldn't be able to perform the training needed to prepare for this fight.

"After immediately coming back to London and seeking medical advice, I hope this problem will be quickly sorted and cause only a short delay."

There is no news yet on whether Stieglitz, the 30-year-old German champion, will rearrange the contest with Groves or seek another opponent.

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