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About The Event
A shoulder injury sustained by Groves in his semi-final against Chris Eubank Jr had threatened to force the Brit out of the final. Groves has applied for delay as the final is currently scheduled to happen in June.
A June date would be too early for Groves to return to action fully fit after surgery on his shoulder, but it seems the WBSS are content with the delay appeal. Smith is desperate to face Groves and not a replacement, while the board of promoters are equally determined to see Groves vs Smith. Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn sits on the advisory board and is eager to ensure his fighter, Smith, goes to war with the rightful finalist, Groves.
Groves is in line to start punching again about ten weeks out from the proposed new date, which would give the WBA (Super) champion time to recover full fitness. This match is scheduled for July 14, 2018.