wade groth waiting to learn his middleweight title status

14:00    14 Aug 2018

Boxer Wade Groth is waiting for the outcome of a doping case against South African middleweight title holder Barend van Rooyen to find out whether he will remain the interim champion or be upgraded.

Van Rooyen failed a dope test when he claimed the middleweight title in December 2017 and was hit by a two-year ban in April from the SA Institute for Drug-Free Sport. Van Rooyen has appealed the suspension, hence the uncertainty over who is the undisputed champion.

Boxing South Africa allowed Groth and Wynand Mulder to contest the interim title earlier this month at Emperors Palace outside of Johannesburg, and the former emerged victorious in six rounds.

Boxing South Africa chairperson Peter Ngatane explained: "Groth will wait for the finality of Van Rooyen's case. If Van Rooyen wins the case, he will then be ordered to defend against Groth but if Van Rooyen loses the case, Groth's status will be upgraded to that of being the actual champion."

The date for a resolution of the Van Rooyen is unknown, but Groth will be allowed to defend his interim title in the meantime.

Groth, who is trained by Anton Gilmore and Raymond Serfonteyn, has a professional record of 7-0-0 (with five knockouts) and had his first official bout as recently as April last year.

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