Groves v Smith: N’Dam v Parker joins Eubank v Ryder as possible reserves bouts for WBSS Final

Groves v Smith 13/06/2018

WBN has learned a possible collision between former world champion Hassan N’Dam and Zach Parker has the potential to happen on the George Groves v Callum Smith undercard. 

The final bout of the World Boxing Super Series tournament at super-middleweight is set to feature at least one bout in a reserve capacity, with N’Dam v Parker joining Chris Eubank Jr. v John Ryder as the top contenders.

All contests in the competition thus far have had a back-up in case of an injury and Eubank v Ryder is currently the favorite of those being considered.

READ: Callum Smith happy to face George Groves in WBSS final, glad it’s not Chris Eubank Jr.

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

Undefeated Parker v ex-WBO (160) and WBA (168) ruler N’Dam would be a high-profile attraction, as would a fight between Eubank and Ryder.

N’Dam has already taken to social media to provoke a response from Parker, who finds himself in the mix with three top-ranked 168 pounders as he makes his own way through the ratings.


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.

Brit rival 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 is the obvious choice.

Either way, all four of the above mentioned are in with a solid chance of securing the understudy spot for what will be a huge event in the coming months.

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.