By Elliot Foster
Eduard Gutknecht was taken to hospital on Friday, shortly after losing to George Groves.
The German, 34, clashed with the Hammersmith man, three times a world title challenger, at the SSE Arena, Wembley, London.
Gutknecht, who had a bad swelling over his right eye at the end of the 12 rounds, having shipped much punishment after a solid performance from Groves (25-3, 18 KOs), was on the wrong end of a unanimous decision, screened exclusively live on Channel 5, as the three ringside judges turned in tallies of 119-110 and 119-109 twice.
With the victory, Groves retained his WBA International super-middleweight crown and his hopes of a fourth shot at global glory appear a step closer.
But concern right now is with Gutknecht, the former European light-heavyweight champion who slipped to 30-5-1 with 13 early in defeat, after he was taken out of the venue on a stretcher to a waiting ambulance after falling ill in the aftermath.
It is reported by the Daily Mail that Gutknecht needed resuscitating in the emergency vehicle, which took him to the neurological unit at St Mary’s Hospital in West London, after he “briefly stopped breathing and was drifting in and out of consciousness”.
Groves released a statement on Saturday morning, after his trainer Shane McGuigan and Shane’s father Barry McGuigan –– the former WBA featherweight world champion –– led the well-wishes to ‘Energy Eddy’.
“Out of respect for Eduard Gutknecht and his family’s privacy, I don’t want to say too much,” the 28-year-old wrote, “but we were all deeply concerned to hear that he was taken to hospital after the fight last night.
“I sincerely hope that it is nothing too serious and I would like to send out all of my support and best wishes to him and his family at this difficult time.”
An update on the condition of Gutknecht is awaited.