due to an unspecified injury.
14-0 (11), withdrew from a British title showdown with Kenny Anderson in March and signed on to fight Stieglitz a few weeks later as he is
the WBO’s mandatory challenger at 168lbs.
‘I am sorry to have to announce that I won’t be
boxing on May 5,’ wrote Groves, 24, when announcing the news on his
Facebook page. “I have picked up an
injury in the build up to this fight. We
tried to work through it, but soon realized I wouldn’t be able to perform the
training needed to prepare for this fight. After coming back to London
immediately and seeking medical advice, I hope that this problem will be sorted
soon and will only be a short delay.’
He added: ‘I am truly sorry to everyone involved
who will be affected by this. This is
without a doubt the toughest decision I have ever had to make, I am gutted
but nothing worth having is given away.
It has only made me more determined to achieve my goal of becoming world
champion. Thanks to everyone again for
their continued support in my journey.’
This latest twist means that Groves has only had
14 rounds of action in almost a year – a majority decision win over bitter rival James
DeGale last May and a two-round demolition of Paul Smith in November – and will
now have to look towards a rematch with Anderson, which is tentatively
scheduled for June 30 barring any further injury problems.
Germany’s Stieglitz, 41-2 (23), is now on the
lookout for a new opponent for the May 5 date after missing out on a Mikkel
Kessler fight earlier this year and settling for Groves as a replacement for
his Sauerland Events-promoted Messehalle showcase.
Photo courtesy of Al “Big Al” Stevenson.