Groves vs Smith: It’s been a long time coming but George Groves and Callum Smith will finally trade leather in the final of the World Boxing Super Series. George Groves and Callum Smith meet in the final of the inaugural World Boxing Super Series and will battle for the series crown as well as Groves’ WBA Super Middleweight Title.
After beating Chris Eubank jr in the semi-final, Groves’ participation in the glamorous final was a doubt after he sustained a dislocated shoulder late on in the fight. After months of rehab, and a potential replacement in Jack Cox being readied, Groves is fit to fight but may have his effective jab restricted by his shoulder.
Smith had a much easier run to the Saudi Arabia final but will be a tricky opponent for Groves if he can impose his superior physical stance on him.
In February, Groves (28-3, 20 KOs) handed Chris Eubank Jr. the second loss of his career in semifinals of the World Boxing Super Series. In that bout, Groves dislocated his shoulder in the later rounds and was forced to get surgery. The injury forced the tournament final to get pushed back until after Groves was ruled healthy enough to compete in May.
Smith comes into the match with a 24-0 record and 17 knockouts after defeating Nieky Holzken by unanimous decision in a semifinal fight in February to earn the match against Groves. Friday’s fight will be the first world title bout for the 28-year-old from the United Kingdom.
Standing at 6-foot-3, Smith has a slight height advantage over the 30-year-old Groves who is just 5-foot-11 1/2. Each of Groves’s three losses came against fighters who were at least 6-foot-1 and the last time he faced an opponent that tall, it was when he lost to Badou Jack in September of 2015.
In addition to the WBA Super World Super Middleweight title, the winner of the fight will also take home the Muhammad Ali Trophy for being the winner of the inaugural edition of the tournament.