Rick Reeno of www.boxingscene.com has revealed that George Groves has been dropped from the WBO’s mandatory spot for Robert Stieglitz’s super middleweight title and replaced by Arthur Abraham. Groves, 14-0 (11), was due to meet Stieglitz in Germany on May 5 only to withdraw from the clash yesterday morning citing a nose injury.
Stieglitz, 41-2 (23), will still push ahead with the planned date and is then likely to face Abraham in a lucrative match within 90-days of the May outing, leaving Groves with a rematch with Kenny Anderson, tentatively scheduled for the 30 June, on his plate should he recover from his recent injury problems.
The Londoner pulled out of a March meeting with Anderson with a bad back before recovering just in time to take the Stieglitz job and has been unlucky with fight dates in recent months, by the time he next fights, Groves will have had 14-rounds in the past year – a decision win over James DeGale last May and a second-round TKO of Paul Smith in November.
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