As George Groves faces a race against time to be fit for the World Boxing Super Series final, Kalle Sauerland has revealed Chris Eubank Jr is 'absolutely' in the running to step in.
Groves, who beat Eubank Jr in the semi-final, is set to face Callum Smith in the final with the date set to be in July after the first set date of June 2 was postponed.
However, after Groves dislocated his shoulder in the 12th round of his semi-final fight, and required an operation, it was unsure whether he'd be able to compete against fellow Brit Smith.
It is still not clear whether 'Saint George' will be fully fit for the fight, and as a result, the WBA champion would have to be replaced by a different super-middleweight for the final.
“We’re working on solutions where Groves is fit, and where Groves is not fit,” Kalle told Boxing News.
“We’re not going to postpone finals months because it goes against the whole principal of it. I’ve been there and done it, with the Super Six, so people can tell me what they like about finals.
“The tournament is bigger than any fighter, and that’s just the way it is. We’re hopeful [Groves will be fit], so we’ll see.
“What I don’t understand is people presuming we’re ‘booting Groves out’ of the tournament. We go back a long way and we’ll do what we can for him," Sauerland went on to say.
Whether Eubank Jr would be the man to replace Groves is another topic, but after making the semi-finals in prolific fashion, and only losing to Groves in a unanimous decision, he is definitely one of the front runners.
“Absolutely, yes. A lucky loser. It’s a common sporting term. Would I want to watch Callum Smith-Eubank Jr outside of the tournament? Absolutely. It’s a great fight.
“We can push a month, but we can’t push it back by three or four months. We have a substitute system. We said that from day one, and that’s the situation. We’re still hoping it’s George Groves, of course we are.
“I always said the tournament doesn’t stop for anyone and we’ve almost gone against that already. We had a June 2 date and venue booked for the final, and we’re already going later than that. As a promoter you have to rule out August, so the final will happen in July. But at the moment, it’s not clear.”
Whether it's George Groves or Chris Eubank Jr that meets Callum Smith in the final, it will be an extremely exciting fight that attracts a huge audience.