BRITISH super-middleweight champion GEORGE GROVES has sensationally postponed this Friday’s title defence against KENNY ANDERSON citing a back injury.
Groves was set to face the Scot in a rematch of their battle back in December 2010, in which Londoner Groves won by a sixth round stoppage after an incredible comeback.
However, 29-year-old Anderson (pictured right), has branded Groves a coward and believes that the fight will not materialise as Groves has plans to challenge Robert Stieglitz for the WBO title.
He blasted: “The injury must have been his arse collapsing. I was told it was his toe but I reckon his arse and heart fell out of it.
“This is a sad day for boxing and it’s a shame for everyone who had spent money to see a late postponement.
“No wonder people are steering clear of boxing – it is being ruined by politics. Groves didn’t give me a rematch originally and he was forced into this fight by thr BBBC. This shows he is a coward and how much he feared me.
“Guess who his manager is? David Haye. People like this are ruining boxing.”
On the possibility of a new date for the bout, the Edinburgh brawler said: “Don’t make me laugh. This is a joke and it’s ruining boxing.
“I think he will vacate it now and I should fight for the vacant title.”
Unfortunately, Groves’ withdrawal from the fight has led to the entire show being cancelled, with promoter Frank Warren admitting: “It is bitterly disappointing for us and for all the boxers involved.
“With George withdrawing from the main event I have no choice but to postpone the whole card until a later date.
“Once my team have spoken to Wembley Arena about a new date I hope we can get this fight on very soon.”