Callum Smith has expressed his delight at finally being able to trade blows with George Groves after his world title chance was confirmed.
‘Mundo’ was worried an injury to Groves would put an end to a potential WBA super-middleweight title shot, with even Chris Eubank Jr. being touted as a stand-in.
The World Boxing Super Series have now decided to delay the finale to their tournament in order to allow Groves full recovery time, meaning Smith finally has the opportunity to win a world title.
Smith was predictably delighted that the WBSS didn’t go down the route of drafting in Eubank Jr.
“It is great to finally to get the fight,” said Smith.
“It is the one I have wanted for a long time. I am really happy it is going to be Groves rather than anyone else, it is the fight the fans want too.
“I’ve been ticking over in the gym and staying prepared, but now I can switch on and aim towards a late summer date. Now that we have the date, even a rough one, I’m excited.
“The fact that the final of the Ali Trophy is against George and for his title, I am made up.
“I have been waiting for a world title fight and feel like I have been unlucky at missing out on opportunities, but now I’ve finally got it,” he added.
WBN understands a preliminary date of September 1 is in place, despite an announcement that the fight would be held in the summer – but does come with some wiggle room.
The O2 or Manchester Arena would be the early frontrunners to stage the contest, with a formal confirmation expected in the early stages of June.