Super middleweight Eduard Gutknecht, who remains in a coma two weeks after suffering a brain injury in a loss to George Groves, is being moved from a London hospital to Germany, promoter Wiking-Boxteam said Saturday.
"The entire Wiking-Boxteam fights and hopes for Eddy," the company said in a statement on Saturday. "The condition of Eddy is currently stable. He is in a coma but is no longer in the acute ICU. His family is always at his side in the hospital. Eddy is currently being moved to Germany. Our thoughts are with him and wish him a full recovery."
On Nov. 18, the 34-year-old Gutknecht (30-5-1, 13 KOs), a native of Kazakhstan based in Germany, squared off with longtime 168-pound contender Groves at the SSE Wembley Arena in London. Groves, who has lost three world title fights, won a near-shutout decision -- 119-109 on all three scorecards -- to put himself in position for another possible world title fight in 2017.
Shortly after the fight, Gutknecht, who took a lot of punishment, collapsed in his dressing room and was rushed to the hospital, where he underwent surgery to relieve swelling on his brain.
Wiking-Boxteam said doctors said Gutknecht's "organs are working normally."
"We have to be patient. Forecasts and assumptions can go in all directions," the statement said. "It is very difficult for the family with this situation. The entire Wiking-Boxteam suffers with Eddy and is affected. But we also know that we are talking about boxing and like all high-performance sports, in addition to the joy of competition and the ceremony at the victory, unfortunately, always the risk of injury is present.
"Eddy has his dream of boxing against George Groves and again to reach for the world champion crown. Now he has to wake up [and have] a full recovery, so he can be there for his family again. Eddy you can do it! Eddy you're strong!"
Like Groves, Gutknecht was on the hunt for another world title opportunity. He had lost decisions in two previous attempts, to Robert Stieglitz in 2010 and Juergen Braehmer in March.
Groves said he has not made any comments about the fight or Gutknecht's situation "out of respect for Eduard and his family's privacy."
But Groves said his team has set up a fund to help raise money to go toward Gutknecht's medical expenses. Groves also said his team planned to organize an auction of celebrity items with whatever money it raises going to Gutknecht's family.
"He's a husband and a father and the money raised will go towards helping his family be with him at this difficult time," Groves said in a statement.