Eduard Gutknecht (30-5-1, 13 early) is in a ‘critical but stable condition’ in St Mary’s Hospital in London as he recovers from surgery following an operation to ease a bleed on the brain that he sustained when dropping a decision to George Groves (25-3 18 KOs) at the Wembley Arena live on Channel 5 on Friday night.
It is the second time this year that the venue has been home to an injury as former British middleweight Champion Nick Blackwell also suffered from a bleed to the brain following his loss to Chris Eubank Junior in March. The injury forced him into retirement, but he is still involved in the sport after taking up the training mitts.
Blackwell believes that Gutknecht can and will pull through, as he did, and has wished the Germany-based visitor a speedy recovery. The 26-year-old spent a week in a medically induced coma as he battled his injuries—Eduard, 34, is also heavily sedated.
“I just hope he can come out the other side like I did and make a full recovery,” said Blackwell, speaking to the Daily Star (Scottish edition).
“Every second is crucial when these things happen and we have one of the best medical teams in sport for good reason. George Groves is just waiting for the positive news as well. It makes it a lot worse that he was in there giving out the punishment but he was in there doing a job and did not put a foot wrong.”
Groves’ promoter Kalle Sauerland added: “I want to wish him and his family all the best,” added Kalle Sauerland, echoing the sentiments of all those involved in boxing. Everyone at Britishboxers.co.uk wishes Gutknecht a speedy recovery.
More to follow.