When a boxer has been injured in a fight and the sport holds it’s breath waiting for a positive outcome, other not so relevant news falls into insignificance. On Friday night at Wembley Arena in London Eduard Gutknecht lost to British boxer George Groves in a super-middleweight contest for Groves’ WBA International belt.
After a very hard fought battle over 12 gruelling rounds, Groves won a clear points decision against the tough German visitor who fought bravely and saw the final bell.
After the fight and after the result was officially called, Gutknecht began to feel unwell and then later collapsed in his dressing room. He was rushed to hospital and placed in an induced coma, which is standard procedure in these cases.
He is reported to be in a critical but stable condition at St Mary’s hospital in London as doctors continue to monitor his progress after undergoing surgery for a bleed on the brain.
After hearing of Eduard’s condition, Groves cancelled the post fight press conference out of respect. He has since took to Twitter to voice his concerns and offer his support and best wishes to his stricken opponent and his family.
“Out of respect to Eduard Gutknecht and his family’s privacy I don’t want to say too much but we were all deeply concerned to hear that he was taken to hospital after the fight last night.” said Groves.
“I sincerely hope it is nothing too serious and I would like to send out all of my support and best wishes to him and his family at this difficult time.”
— George Groves (@StGeorgeGroves) November 19, 2016
Everyone at British Boxers wishes Eduard a full speedy recovery, he is in our thoughts as well as the whole of boxing and beyond.
We will keep you updated when we hear anymore news.