British boxing stars ready for Jeddah final showdown

WBA super middleweight world champion George Groves and Callum Smith will fight next month in Saudi Arabia's first official boxing event
British boxing stars ready for Jeddah final showdown
By Sam Bridge
Thu 30 Aug 2018 03:21 PM

WBA super middleweight world champion George Groves and Callum Smith will fight in Jeddah next month in Saudi Arabia's first official boxing event.

The British stars will clash in the Ali Trophy Super Middleweight Final on Friday September 28 at the Indoor Sports Hall in Jeddah, which has a capacity of 10,000 seats.

“We believe Groves and Smith will create absolute fireworks in Jeddah,” said Comosa's chief boxing officer, Kalle Sauerland.

“We will deliver a final in territory which has never seen boxing before at this level. It will be the first time in this region that such an event will take place. We are very proud to promote the first ever boxing event in Saudi Arabia. It’s historical.”

He added: “One day Groves and Smith will be able to tell their children and grandchildren that they were the first to fight in this region.”

Groves acknowledged the magnitude of the final, saying: “It’s a big fight for both of us... it's has been a long preparation for the fight. I am fit, I am healthy."

Smith added: “The fans should be in for a treat, I am looking forward to become a world champion.”

The Ali Trophy Super Middleweight Final in Jeddah is the conclusion of season 1 of the World Boxing Super Series.

The final will be Groves’ third defence of his WBA Super World title, with all three fights involving British opponents – Jamie Cox, Chris Eubank Jr and now Callum Smith.

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Last Updated: Thu 30 Aug 2018 03:26 PM GST

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