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Groves gunning for final despite shoulder injury.

BOXING GEORGE Groves will see a specialist having dislocated his shoulder in the win over Chris Eubank Jr, but remains adamant he will feature in the World Boxing Super Series final.

| George Groves successfully defended his WBA world super middleweight title, while also taking Eubank Jr's IBO belt, on points at the Manchester Arena on Saturday.

The victor was tactically superior throughout, yet his shoulder popped out of its socket early in the last round, meaning Groves had to fend off a late Eubank Jr onslaught in their semi-final.

Groves went to hospital after the contest and there is concern the damage could prevent him from participating in a final, against either Callum Smith or Jurgen Brahmer, scheduled for June 2. "The shoulder's okay," Groves said. "I hope it was clear that it popped out in the 12th round. It went a bit skew-whiff at that point. [It was] probably one of the most painful injuries I've had.

"I'm confident that hopefully it's not going to be something that's a big problem."

Nevertheless, with the final pencilled in for a date less than four months away, the damage Groves sustained casts his availability into doubt.

Promoter Kalle Sauerland was reluctant to discuss a cut-off point if Groves is not ready by early June, even leaving the door ajar on Eubank Jr possibly replacing him, but Groves knows he is now the main attraction.

"It's impossible to answer at the moment," Groves added of being able to fight in June. "It wouldn't be the same if I wasn't in the final so if they have to move the dates for it, so be it."

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