GEORGE GROVES and Callum Smith do battle in an all-British clash in the World Boxing Series final on Friday.
With the WBA super middleweight belt also on the line, the Saudi Arabia fight will see the winner claim the Muhammad Ali trophy.
What time is Groves vs Smith?
The fight takes place this Friday night – September 28.
It will be hosted at the King Abdullah Sports City Arena in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The ring walks be at 9pm on the dot, as confirmed by promoter Kalle Sauerland.
How can I watch Groves vs Smith on TV?
ITV hold the rights to The World Boxing Super Series.
- This fight is set to be a pay-per-view event and available through ITV Box Office.
- Groves vs Smith costs £16.95 with no added charges.
- For Virgin Media broadband customers, the fight will cost you £14.95 on the pay-per-view platform.
- Contact your broadband operator or use your remote control to purchase this event.
- Coverage on ITV Box Office will begin at 6pm.
Alternatively, follow all of the latest with SunSport’s live blog on Friday night.
How can I live stream Groves vs Smith?
The ITV Box Office fight can be live streamed through tvplayer.com
- It also costs £16.95 for the stream.
- TV Player note – this is one off payment that allows access to the live stream of this event on the TV Player website and apps only. The broadcast is limited to a maximum of two streams per account.
- This payment does NOT allow access to this event through any alternative TV or streaming service e.g Sky Virgin TV etc.
What have the fighters said?
Groves: “He doesn’t win fights as easily or as convincingly as he should do. He labours to a points victory or a late stoppage. His biggest win is over Rocky Fielding, which he did win early.”
Smith: “Every fight has been aiming towards this one. I do feel every fight I’ve had so far I’ve never really been fully satisfied. I’ve never really enjoyed any of my wins. No disrespect but it’s always been about the next title to get to being a world champion. I’ve finally got that chance now. I’m fighting for the chance to become the No 1 fighter in the division and the best in the world.”
Who is on the undercard?
There is just one other fight on the bill, with Chris Eubank Jr taking on JJ McDonagh.
He narrowly missed out on the WBSS final, losing to Groves in the semis.
The Brit’s opponent was a late addition and will be a formidable foe after producing of the knockouts of 2016 when he beat Jake Ball for the WBA International Light-Heavyweight title.
- Chris Eubank Jr vs JJ McDonagh
- Darren Surtees vs Kane Baker
- Aliu Bamidele Lasisi vs Artid Bamrungauea
- Kem Ljungquist vs Mourad Omar
- Mikael Lawal vs Tamas Kozma
- Zuhayr Al Qahtani vs Giorgi Gviniashvili
What are the latest odds?
George Groves to win in round 1 – 50/1
Callum Smith to win in round 1 – 40/1
George Groves to win by knockout – 3/1
Callum Smith to win by knockout – 7/2
What are the fighters’ records?
George Groves has lost three times in his 31-fight career, including twice to Carl Froch.
The 30-year-old’s most recent defeat was to Badou Jack in September 2015 for the WBC super-middleweight title – but has since enjoyed a seven-fight winning streak, beating four Brits in that time.
Groves has knocked out 20 of his opponents, going the distance on eight occasions.
Callum Smith is undefeated in 24 fights, with 17 knockouts.
Smith will be looking to make Groves his ninth British victim, having previously held the WBC Silver Super-middleweight belt.
What are Groves vs Smith paths to the final?
Both fighters reached the final of this eight-man World Boxing Series tournament.
Here are how they made it to Saudi Arabia:
- Quarter-final: Jamie Cox – KO
- Semi-final: Chris Eubank Jr. – UD
- Quarter-final: Erik Skoglund – UD
- Semi-final: Nieky Holzken – UD
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