John Ryder v Chris Eubank Jr. a potential reserve clash for Groves v Smith WBSS final undercard

Groves v Smith 05/06/2018

The final bout of the World Boxing Super Series tournament at super-middleweight could feature another all-British fight in a reserve capacity. 

All contests in the competition thus far have had the back-up of a reserve clash in case of an injury to either main eventer late on in the process and this may well be between John Ryder and Chris Eubank Jr. 

Both have featured with the WBSS during the eight-man bracket and are in pole position to face-off in the chief support bout on George Groves v Callum Smith in the fall.

If either is unable to compete, undefeated Zack Parker could then be first in line to replace Ryder or Eubank Jr. on the card.

Ryder halted Patrick Nielsen in the understudy bout of the George Groves v Jamie Cox quarter-final, with ‘The Gorilla’ scoring an eye-catching fifth round knockout.

Eubank was a full member of the eight-strong cast for Season 1, defeating Avni Yildirim in Germany before losing out to Groves in the semi-final.

Rumors Eubank Jr. was initially offered the chance to replace the injured Groves in the finale have been denied by the WBSS, although drafting the Brighton man in as a reserve with Ryder seems the obvious choice.

Parker, a 24 year-old Brit with 11 stoppages to his name, participated on the Callum Smith v Erik Skoglund card and the Groves v Eubank last four match-up.

On both occasions, Parker recorded early victories.

More on the Groves v Smith event is due to be announced soon as a date of around September 1st is earmarked to stage the Ali Trophy showpiece.