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Groves Pulls Out of Title Fight
Hand injury forces champion to withdraw
Posted Nov 28, 2011 by Chris White
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British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion George Groves has been forced to withdraw from his title fight at the Liverpool Echo Arena on 9th December due to a hand injury sustained in training.
The 23-year old was scheduled to fight on the bill which includes the man he beat to win the title, James DeGale, against an opponent who was yet to be confirmed, but he’ll now have to wait to extend his 14 match winning run.
“I’m really gutted,” said Groves at the announcement, “as I was coming along nicely in training. I wanted to end the year with four good wins. I’m sorry my fans won’t be able to see me in action but I hope to be back early next year,” he continued.
Groves’ last fight was a stunning second-round knockout of Paul Smith at Wembley Arena, but despite the quality on show at Wembley, Groves was insistent that he is not ready to move up to a world title fight, focussing on dominating the British and Commonwealth field and improving before moving upwards.
Frank Warren, Groves’ promoter added that the withdrawal is “disappointing for everyone concerned, but George can’t fight if his hand is injured and he didn’t want to go in making excuses for a below-par performance.”
DeGale will now headline the card in Liverpool with his fight against Jose Maria Guerrero in defence of his WBO intercontinental title.
See Groves knockout Paul Smith in style at Wembley: