George Groves has asked to postpone the final of the World Boxing Super Series after announcing Monday he will have surgery to fix the shoulder he injured during his semifinal against Chris Eubank Jr.
Groves, 29, secured his place in final with a comfortable points win over rival Eubank Jr. at Manchester Arena on Feb. 17, but dislocated his shoulder in the final round.
The WBSS finale is currently scheduled to take place at London's O2 Arena on June 2, but super-middleweight Groves is confident of returning to full fitness by July. He plans to apply to the tournament's organisers for a one-month extension.
"This morning I go in for a minor operation on my injured shoulder," Groves said on social media Monday. "The good news is I'll be fit to fight in the final in July.
"We will be applying to the World Boxing Super Series for a one-month extension and are hopeful of securing this."
Groves will meet fellow Brit Callum Smith for the chance to lift the inaugural Muhammad Ali Trophy after the Liverpudlian eased to a unanimous points victory over Nieky Holzken in Nuremberg Saturday.
The Londoner was present in Germany to watch his rival defeat Dutch opponent Holzken, who was drafted in as a last-minute replacement for the ill Jurgen Braehmer.