George Groves and Callum Smith to fight for titles in Saudi Arabia

first_imgShare on Messenger From boxing to MMA: Heather Hardy was born to fight The 30-year-old defeated Jamie Cox in the World Boxing Super Series quarter-finals in October and then Chris Eubank Jr in the last four in February, when a dislocated shoulder threatened his participation in the final against Smith. He was then passed fit to fight in May.Groves said: “It’s fantastic news that we now have a confirmed date and location for the final. I’m incredibly excited the fight has been formally confirmed to take place in Jeddah. I’m excited and sure this final will eclipse every WBSS fight to date for excitement and drama. I have been in camp for a while already but am now looking forward to stepping the training up now the date’s been set.”The promising Smith hopes to become the second of four boxing brothers – following Liam – to win a world title. The 28-year-old, who defeated Nieky Holzken and Erik Skoglund to challenge Groves, said: “It has been a long time since my semi-final win over Holzken. 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 No 1 super-middleweight in the world.“I believe I will do it. I am excited to be part of such a big night of boxing. It began with the red carpet treatment [at the competition draw] in Monaco and will end with more of the same in Jeddah.”The final of the cruiserweight edition of the WBSS concluded last weekend in Moscow, where Ukraine’s Oleksandr Usyk impressively outboxed Murat Gassiev of Russia in a fight that unified all four of the division’s world titles. Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Since you’re here… Boxing news Support The Guardian George Groves Read more Share on WhatsApp Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Topics … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Saudi Arabia The World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight final between George Groves and Callum Smith will be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on 28 September.In what will also be Groves’s third WBA title defence, Smith’s first world title fight and both fighters’ chance to win the Muhammad Ali trophy, they will meet at the King Abdullah Sports City. Confirmation of the location comes after venues in Manchester, the Midlands and London were also considered for what represents Groves’s biggest fight since his rematch in 2014 with Carl Froch. Reuse this contentlast_img

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