George Groves: World Boxing Super Series will be 'my trophy' despite dislocated shoulder

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George Groves insists he will fight in the final of the World Boxing Super Series - even if the fight has to be delayed.

Londoner Groves suffered a dislocated shoulder in the final round of his impressive and unanimous points defeat of Chris Eubank Jr. in Manchester on Saturday night.

He is awaiting examination by a specialist, but believes it will be unthinkable for the final - scheduled for the 02 Arena on June 2 - of the hugely popular knockout competition to take place without him.

The other super-middleweight semi-final takes place in Nuremberg between Liverpool’s unbeaten Callum Smith and Germany’s Juergen Braehmer next Saturday.

Promoter Kalle Sauerland said there will be flexibility about the date, depending on Groves’ recovery time.

And 29-year-old Groves said: “The shoulder feels great after being put back in place.

"I'm confident that I will be challenging for the Muhammad Ali trophy. This is going to be my trophy - I want it."

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“If the date needs to be changed I'm sure the tournament would decide it is better to delay it to get me into the final because it wouldn't be the same.

"It is vitally important to me in my boxing career to go on and achieve what is now the dream of winning the World Boxing Super Series.

"I've worked so hard. I've had two big fights to get into the final. I need to go and see the specialist to find out what the recovery time is.

"That said, June 2 might still work. We haven't had that information yet.”

Groves, of Hammersmith, added 28-year-old Eubank’s lightly-regarded IBO world title belt to his own prestigious WBA world championship.

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He has now twice successfully defended the WBA belt.

One admittedly unlikely scenario is that Eubank would be summoned to fight in the final if Groves fails to recover.

The Brighton boxer is also considering a challenge against London’s James DeGale - if he retrieves the IBF belt he lost in a shock defeat by Caleb Truax in December.

Eubank may also consider stepping back down to middleweight, saying: “I'm going to take whatever route I can take to win a world title.

“The man who George beat in 2011 - James DeGale - he's out there.

"That's a potential fight for me and there are some great fights out there at middleweight. So it's just a case of which one we can get first.