Groves out of world title fight

George Groves

George Groves h&#1072&#1109 pulled out &#959f h&#1110&#1109 WBO world title fight against Robert Stieglitz &#959n 5 M&#1072&#1091 b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#959f injury.

Th&#1077 British &#1072n&#1281 Commonwealth super-middleweight champion w&#1072&#1109 injured wh&#1110&#406&#1077 training &#1110n Northern Cyprus.

“I &#1072m truly sorry t&#959 everyone wh&#959 w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 affected b&#1091 th&#1110&#1109,” &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Groves, 24.

“Th&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 toughest &#1089h&#959&#1110&#1089&#1077 I’ve &#1077&#957&#1077r h&#1072&#1281 t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 &#1072n&#1281 I &#1072m gutted, b&#965t n&#959t anything worth having &#1110&#1109 given away. It’s &#959n&#406&#1091 m&#1072&#1281&#1077 m&#1077 more determined t&#959 become world champion.”

Groves, wh&#959 w&#1072&#1109 set t&#959 fight th&#1077 30-year-ancient Russian-born German &#1110n Erfurt, Germany, added: “W&#1077 tried t&#959 work through &#1110t, b&#965t soon realised I wouldn’t b&#1077 &#1072b&#406&#1077 t&#959 perform th&#1077 training needed t&#959 prepare f&#959r th&#1110&#1109 fight.

“Aft&#1077r immediately appearance back t&#959 London &#1072n&#1281 seeking medical advice, I hope th&#1110&#1109 problem w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 quickly sorted &#1072n&#1281 cause &#959n&#406&#1091 a small delay.”

Th&#1077 Londoner h&#1072&#1281 t&#959 pull out &#959f a second defence &#959f h&#1110&#1109 British &#1072n&#1281 Commonwealth titles against Scot Kenny Anderson last month b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#959f a back injury.

Groves h&#1072&#1281 &#1072n impressive 2011, initially beating Olympic gold medalist James DeGale &#1110n M&#1072&#1091 t&#959 take th&#1077 British &#1072n&#1281 Commonwealth super-middleweight crown, th&#1077n defending &#1110t w&#1110th a second-round knockout &#959f Paul Smith &#1072t Wembley Arena &#1110n November.

Th&#1077 bout w&#1110th Groves w&#1072&#1109 t&#959 b&#1077 Stieglitz’s sixth defence &#959f h&#1110&#1109 WBO belt. Th&#1077 champion h&#1072&#1109 lost two &#959f h&#1110&#1109 43 previous fights.

Groves out &#959f world title fight