The first season of the highly popular World Boxing Super Series’ (WBSS) super middleweight division concludes today (Friday, Sept. 28), when World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight world champion “Saint” George Groves takes on undefeated challenger Callum “Mundo” Smith, airing live from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, starting at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT, exclusively on Super Channel in Canada.
Groves vs. Smith, presented by Sauerland Event, was postponed from its originally planned June 2 date due to Groves’ shoulder surgery from an injury he suffered in his February17th WBSS semifinals 12-round unanimous decision victory against Chris Eubank, Jr.
Groves (28-3, 20 KOs), 30, is fighting out of London. He knocked out defending WBA super middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov (14-1) in the sixth round of their May 27, 2017 title fight.
His first WBA title defense was a fourth-round stoppage of Jaime Cox in the opening round of the WBSS, followed this past Feb. by his semifinals victory over Eubank (26-1).
“I am in the form of my life,” Groves said. “I am not too fussed about Callum, to be honest. I don’t know how he is feeling. I am concentrating on myself. That’s what works for me, that’s the winning formula. As long as I’m in a good place no one is going to beat me.
“I am number one in the division. Proud of it. I am the favorite going into this fight. I was the number one seed when the tournament started. I am going to win and I am going to win well. We are in a great place.
“Everything here (Saudi Arabia) has been better than expected, you know. I have never been here before, but the food has been fantastic, the people have been lovely, and our accommodation is great.”
The 28-year-old Smith (24-0, 17 KOs), fighting out of Liverpool in this All-Brit finale, won a 12-round unanimous decision from previously undefeated Erik Skoglund (26-0) in the WBSS opening round. Smith was supposed to fight former WBA and WBO light heavyweight Juergen Braehmer in the WBSS semifinal round, but Braehmer pulled out and he was replaced late by unbeaten Nicky Holken (13-0), who Smith defeated by way of a 12-round unanimous decision.
“I’m excited, there is a lot at stake,” Smith commented. “Win this fight and I will have achieved what I always wanted to achieve. I am so close to finally doing it all.
“We did set-up (in Saudi Arabia) over the weekend and it feels like I am at home. I could be anywhere in the world as long as my family is with me. I am good. I woke up this morning a happy person.”
The postponed first-season finale of the World Boxing Super Series’ (WBSS) super middleweight division will take place this Friday (Sept. 28), when World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight world champion “Saint” George Groves is challenged by undefeated fellow Brit, Callum “Mundo” Smith, to air live from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, starting at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT, exclusively on Super Channel in Canada.
Super Channel acquired the exclusive rights in Canada to broadcast the World Boxing Super Series from MP & Silva, a leading international media company that provides media rights, digital, technology and sponsorship services.
The 30-year-old Groves (28-3, 20 KOs), fighting out of London, knocked out defending WBA super middleweight champion Fedor Chudinov (14-1) in the sixth round of their May 27, 2017 title fight.
His first title defense was a fourth-round stoppage of Jaime Cox in the opening round of the WBSS, followed this past Feb. with his aforementioned win over Eubank (26-1). In addition to Chudinov, No. 1 -tournament seeded Groves has defeated world champions Glen Johnson and James DeGale, “It has been a long preparation for the fight. I am fit, I am healthy, I have put in the work.
“This will be the toughest test yet in the tournament, but I am boxing better than ever, and I don’t see Callum posing a threat, I expect another comfortable win. We are preparing for the very best Smith possible. We know what to do and I am capable of it, I just need to get it done.”
Smith (24-0, 17 KOs), 28, won a 12-round unanimous decision from previously undefeated Erik Sjoglund (26-0) in the WBSS opening round. The Liverpool boxer whose three brothers are boxers was supposed to fight former WBA and WBO light heavyweight Juergen Braehmer in the WBSS semifinal round, but Braehmer pulled out and he was replaced late by unbeaten Nicky Holken (13-0), who Smith defeated by way of a 12-round unanimous decision.
“I am in a good place, feeling good,” WBC Diamond belt holder Smith commented. “I feel comfortable in winning. I just feel I am a better fighter than anyone he has fought in this tournament. I feel confident I will come out on top. The fans should be in for a treat, I am looking forward to becoming a world champion.”
Five exciting fights on the “Groves vs. Smith” card, promoted by Sauerland Event, will air exclusively in Canada on Super Channel.
In the co-featured event, Eubank (26-2, 20 KOs) takes on his Irish opponent, J.J. “Slick” McDonagh (16-4, 8 KOs), in a 10-round bout. British super lightweights Darren Surtees (8-0, 5 KOs) and Kane Baker (8-4) square off in an eight-round bout, undefeated British cruiserweight Mikael Lawal (7-0, 5 KOs) meets Tamas Kozma (6-6-3, 3 KOs) in a six-rounder, and Dutch heavyweight Kem Ljungquist (4-0, 2 KOs) faces Mourad Omar (4-1, 4 KOs), of Egypt, in an eight-round match to open the broadcast.
MAIN EVENT – 12 ROUNDS – WBSS FINAL
WBA SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
“Saint” George Groves (28-32, 20 KOs), WBA Champion, UK 76,1 kg (167 ¾ lbs.)
Callum Smith (24-0, 17 KOs), Interim WBC Champion, UK 75,9 kg (167 ½ lbs.)
CO-FEATURE – WBSS SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT SUBSTITUTE FIGHT – 10 ROUNDS
Chris Eubank, Jr. (26-2, 20 KOs), UK
J.J. McDonough (16-4, 8 KOs), Ireland
SUPER LIGHTWEIGHTS — 8 ROUNDS
Darren Surtees (8-0, 5 KOs), UK
Kane Baker (8-4, 0 KOs), UK
CRUISERWEIGHTS – 6 ROUNDS
Mikael Lawal (7-0, 5 KOs), UK
Tamas Kozma (6-6-4, 3 KOs), Hungary
HEAVYWEIGHTS – 8 ROUNDS
Kem Ljungquist (4-0, 2 KOs), Denmark
Mourad Omar (4-1, 4 KOs), Egypt
(All fights and fighters are subject to change)
All WBSS super middleweight championship fights will also be available on Super Channel On Demand.
Super Channel has aired major boxing events during the past two years like Brook vs. Spence Jr., Pacquiao-Horn, Eubank, Jr. vs. Abraham, Lomachenko vs.Marriaga, Crawford vs. Indongo, Smith vs. Williams II, Frampton vs. Donaire, Fury vs. Seferi, Frampton vs. Jackson, and the entire first WBSS season.
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