EXCLUSIVE: Trainer Gallagher on WBSS final dates, possible Groves replacement for Smith and world title status for final

Chandler Waller 02/04/2018

With close to no information about the WBSS super middleweight final being revealed, Joe Gallagher gave WBN his insight and latest on the situation.

Callum Smith is destined to meet George Groves in the WBSS final with the WBA (Super) and WBC Diamond super middleweight world title on the line.

Groves injuring his shoulder in an enthralling semi-final with Chris Eubank Jr has complicated things as dates in June and July are being looked at to be made available for the finale.

Smith’s trainer revealed they are still aiming for the fight date of June 2nd.

“As far as everyone is concerned we think its June 2nd, I know George and his team have applied for a delay of a month and rightly so,” Gallagher exclusively told World Boxing News.

“The WBSS should allow Groves that, the cruiserweight version have got the number one and two seed going against each other, the super middleweight has got the same and ring magazine number one and three.”

Gallagher believes Groves should be allowed time to heal so the fight people want to see can happen.

“I think they should give him the most time they can do to recover because that’s what everyone wants to see,” said Gallagher.

“I think the way I understand it is if George won’t be ready until July, I think they may be able to grant him that extension.

“At the same time, if George isn’t ready for June or July, the final will go ahead on the original date. We’re yet to know but surely they’ll be finding a replacement.”

Callum Smith has been craving his world title shot for some time now, previously holding the mandatory position for the WBC belt. Gallagher stated it would be ‘criminal’ if a world title isn’t on the line.

“It’s very hard, Callum went into this tournament to become a world champion and it would be criminal to be in the WBSS final and not have a world title on the line.

“I do feel all times should be made available for George to be fully available to fight in the final because that’s what everyone wants to see,” he concluded.

Chandler Waller is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerWaller