The super middleweight finals of the World Boxing Super Series will go on with its two original finalists.
First reported by RingTV, George Groves, who had been questionable to compete in the finals after surgery a shoulder injury in his semifinal bout, has been medically cleared to fight fellow finalist Callum Smith. This comes after several months of speculation regarding Groves' condition and the possibility that Chris Eubank Jr., the man Groves defeated in the semifinals, could replace Groves if he is unable to get medically cleared in time.
The report comes one day before Kalle Sauerland was set to make an announcement regarding the finals. As of this writing, no date nor venue has been announced although tournament organizers did say the fight will take place between late August and early September. The finals were originally scheduled to take place on June 2 at the O2 Arena in London.
Groves, the WBA's "super" super middleweight champion, had been the tournament's top seed won his way to the finals with a knockout win over Jamie Cox in the first round and followed it wide unanimous decision win over Eubank Jr. Smith, the WBC Diamond champion, got to the finals with unanimous decision wins over Erik Skoglund and Nieky Holzken.
With the WBSS super middleweight finals back on track, tournament organizers have yet to make a final call on the date and venue of the cruiserweight finals after WBO and WBC champion Oleksandr Usyk suffered an elbow injury, postponing the finals originally scheduled to take place on May 11 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.