British professional boxer George Groves has provided another big update on his present condition and appears to be close to returning to full training as he prepares to take on Callum Smith in the World Boxing Super Series final later in July.
Groves injured his shoulder during his semi-final win over Chris Eubank Jr on February 17 and has been in a race against time to make a full recovery in order to be eligible to take the ring in the finale of the competition.
After dislocating his shoulder in Manchester, surgery was necessary and initially, there were no guarantees Groves would be able to compete and make a significant improvement within the stipulated period.
The final was scheduled for June 2 but Groves revealed earlier this year that he would be applying to the organisers and authorities for a one-month extension to the date, hoping to make the cut by July.
The super-middleweight final is now scheduled to take place at the O2 Arena in London on July 14, where the 30-year-old will also be defending his WBA [Super] super-middleweight title.
On Friday, Groves took to social media to provide an update to his fans and posted a video on Instagram where he is seen lifting weights in the gym, with the boxing faithful now optimistic of a swift return to action.
He captioned the video: “Shoulders coming along very nicely! Not usually one to post the inner workings of the gym, but... it’s good to be lifting. Even if it’s just the baby weights his week. Next week we start punching and we start loading up the bar! #GrovesSmith #AliTrophyFinal #WBAChamp”
It was previously reported by Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn that WBSS were considering the idea of finding a replacement for Groves as they were unsure of his availability in the final.
The boxing promoter said: “They [WBSS] are asking people to step in, obviously waiting. I don't know whether George put out that tweet to say 'I'm alright, don't take it away from me'.
“It's interesting, I'm not sure what is going to happen there.”
But as things stand, it looks like the Brit should have little problem getting himself ready in time to go face-to-face with Smith, who booked his place in the final with a points victory over Nieky Holzken just a week after Groves beat Eubank Jr.