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Injury to Groves puts DeGale fight in jeopardy

ESPN staff
February 9, 2011
George Groves will have to wait to taste more success © Getty Images

A potential British domestic showdown between arch rivals George Groves and James DeGale has been thrown into doubt after Groves was forced to pull out of Saturday's Liverpool Olympia card through injury.

Groves, the commonwealth super-middleweight champion, was due to box on the undercard of the John Watson-Anthony Crolla British lightweight clash but a 'slight' injury has left him unable to continue his preparations in the gym.

'The Saint' told the Sun: "Sorry to everyone who has made arrangements to see me box Saturday. I have had to pull out from my fight due to a slight injury that will keep me out the gym for 7-10 days. Again, apologies for any inconvenience."

The news is a bitter blow for boxing fans hoping to see Groves step into the ring with British champion DeGale. Following his unconvincing win against Kenny Anderson in November, Groves said Saturday's fight was a chance to "show and practice the adjustments we have been making in the gym".

April has been mooted as a possible date for a meeting between the pugilists but, with negotiations stalling, the fight is set to go to purse bids on Wednesday.

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