George Groves suffers facial injury in 'minor training accident' after falling over on a Royal Marines boat out at sea

Groves later tweeted that he had suffered a black eye but that his world title fight with Badou Jack will go ahead as planned

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George Groves suffered a "minor training incident" while taking part in an exercise on a Royal Marines boat in Plymouth, but his promoters have insisted it will not have any impact on his world title shot against Badou Jack later this year.

British super-middleweight Groves is set to face American Jack in either August or September for his WBC world title, but he was involved in a rather bizarre incident while out at sea with the Royal Marines.

It was originally reported that Groves may have suffered a suspected fractured eye socket and may have been knocked unconscious, but the boxer and his promoter quickly player down the seriousness of the incident.

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Taking to Twitter after the injury was suffered, Groves said: "10 minutes in the boat and I get a black eye and twisted sock! Not enough to hold me back though! It’s a pirates life for me!”


His promoters, Kalle and Nisse Sauerland, added: “Can confirm that @StGeorgeGroves been involved in minor training incident 2day. Does NOT affect his World Championship challenge #AndTheNew.”


Kalle Sauerland later told Sky Sports News HQ: "It was a minor incident today that took place on a boat. He was down in Plymouth training with the Royal Marines.

"He went to hospital for a routine check and the scans and the X-rays showed that he was free to go, and he's on his way back to London now.

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"According to George it all went very quick, he ended up falling over. It sounds very, very extravagant and it all took place on a Royal Marine boat but I think at the end of the day we'll be back down to training this week."