Gutknecht in hos­pi­tal af­ter Groves loss

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Kaza­khstan’s Ed­uard Gutknecht has un­der­gone surgery af­ter fall­ing ill fol­low­ing his su­per-mid­dleweight de­feat by Ge­orge Groves at Lon­don’s Wem­b­ley Arena on Fri­day. The English boxer beat the 34-year-old Gutknecht on a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion, with the los­ing fighter then taken to hos­pi­tal. Gutk­neckt, based in Ger­many, has been se­dated and will con­tinue to be mon­i­tored, ac­cord­ing to the Bri­tish Box­ing Board of Con­trol (BBBofC). He took plenty of pun­ish­ment be­fore Groves, 28, was de­clared a 119-109, 119-109 and 119-110 win­ner on the three judges’ score­cards. Vic­tory left Groves on course for a fourth shot at a world ti­tle some time next year. A cut opened round Gutknecht’s swollen left eye in the ninth round but he made it through to the final bell and ap­peared to be tak­ing ev­ery­thing in as the judges’ scores were an­nounced. But his con­di­tion wors­ened in the dress­ing room and he was then taken to hos­pi­tal. — AFP

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