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Groves Vs Smith Announced

BoxingFan's Photo BoxingFan 27 Jul 2018


The World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight final between George Groves and Callum Smith will take place in Saudi Arabia on 28 September.

Groves, 30, and Smith, 28, won semi-finals earlier in the year.

The final - at which Groves' WBA world title is on the line - will be held at Jeddah's King Abdullah Sports City.

"The fight has all the ingredients to capture the world on a stage not normally associated with boxing," said tournament organiser Kalle Sauerland.

Sauerland, who called the contest "an incredible match-up", described the pair as "two proven gladiators" and said the fight is "a final not to be missed".

As the tournament reaches the conclusion of its first season, the winner of each weight division will secure any world titles on the line in their respective final, as well as the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

On 21 July, Ukrainian fighter Oleksandr Usyk beat Russian rival Murat Gassiev by a unanimous decision in the cruiserweight final to become the first man to hold all four world titles in that division.

The Jeddah final will be Groves' third defence of his title, with all three fights involving British opponents - Jamie Cox, Chris Eubank Jr and now Smith.

Liverpudlian Smith booked his place in the final after defeating Sweden's Erik Skoglund in the quarter-final and Dutchman Nieky Holzken in the semi-final.

"It's fantastic news that we now have a confirmed date and location for the final and I'm incredibly excited," said Groves.

"I have been in camp for a while already but am now looking forward to stepping the training up now that the dates been set.

"Smith is a good fighter but I believe I am the best super-middleweight on the planet."

Smith believes he can upset the super-middleweight order by winning in Jeddah.

"It has been a long time since my semi-final win over Holzken," he said. "But the most important thing to me is that my opponent is George Groves.

"It means that by the end of September, I have the chance to be the WBA champion and the number one super-middleweight in the world."


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johnnyblaze's Photo johnnyblaze 27 Jul 2018

I had forgotten all about this fight.
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BoxingFan's Photo BoxingFan 28 Jul 2018

Who hadn't?
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boxalettice 's Photo boxalettice 28 Jul 2018

Groves will win
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