George Groves on track for July return and hoping for Callum Smith extension

George Groves says he will be ready to fight Callum Smith in the World Boxing Super Series final if the bout can be scheduled for July.

Groves (28-3-KO20) is recovering from the dislocated shoulder he suffered in beating Chris Eubank Jr on points in February to secure a place in the final.

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That clash with Smith (24-0-KO17) had been scheduled for June 2, but Groves said after having surgery on the injury that he would need an extension to be able to take on another British super-middleweight rival.

The WBA champion’s participation in the final has been in doubt since, but Groves said on Twitter on Wednesday that a scan had shown he would be on track to fight again in July if that extension can be granted by Sauerland Promotions.

He wrote: “This week, I underwent a six-week post-op CT scan on the injured shoulder which I’m very pleased to confirm has healed perfectly.

“All united and good to proceed as planned. So a July 7 World Boxing Super Series final is possible, provided a one-month extension is granted.”

Smith beat late replacement Nieky Holzken in his semi-final to set up a clash with Groves.

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