George Groves cleared to face Callum Smith in WBSS final

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George Groves has been medically cleared to face Callum Smith in the final of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS).

There had been fears that the super middleweight number one seed would miss the final after he dislocated his shoulder in his semi-final victory over Chris Eubank Jr.

If veteran Groves was ruled out, Eubank Jr was set to fill his place, according to promoter Kalle Sauerland.

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“We are waiting for the final discussions and reports from George before we know whether he will be able to make the timeline of the final,” Sauerland said earlier this month.

“If we need a replacement then I would look for a solution from within the tournament, so Eubank Jr is a name that would come up.”

But Starsport’s reporter Chris McKenna has revealed that Groves 28-3 (20) has passed his medicals and been deemed fit to compete in the highly-anticipated WBSS final.

“George Groves keeps his place in World Boxing Super Series final,” reported McKenna. “They were ready to put in Chris Eubank Jr who started training for a June date but Groves’ team fought to keep him in and he’s proven his fitness.

“Date and venue tbc later today.”

The date for the final was originally set for June 2 but was pushed back due to Groves’ injury.

The path to the final for Londoner Groves went through Jamie Cox, who he stopped n four rounds, and Eubank Jr, who he out-pointed over 12-rounds.

Liverpudlian Smith, 24-0 (17), defeated Erik Skoglund and Nieky Holzken, both on points over 12-rounds, to earn his shot in the final.

The winner of the final will be awarded the Muhammad Ali trophy.


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