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2018

George Groves slight favorite for historic away date with Callum Smith in Jeddah

Groves v Smith 27/07/2018

George Groves and Callum Smtih will make history in the super-middleweight division on September 28 as the pair contest the first ever Muhammad Ali Trophy at the weight.

Last week in Moscow, Aleksandr Usyk became the first World Boxing Super Series champion of all time when the cruiserweight force defeated Murat Gassiev in style to claim four version of the world crown.

An all-UK clash is next up, with Groves beginning slight favorite with oddsmakers featured at SportsBettingDay.com to overcome his nearest rival in Smith.

‘The Saint’ is currently ranked third on the list of 168 pounders in the WBN Divisional Rankings list, with only the undefeated Gilberto Ramirez and former opponent James DeGale above him.

Groves still has plenty to prove on the night due to an injury being picked up against Chris Eubank Jr. in the semi-final after needed an extra few months to be fully fit.

“I’m World Champion, number one in the division and am now looking forward to putting on a show in Jeddah and winning the Ali Trophy,” said Groves.

For Smith, the Liverpool fighter is in the shape of his life and approaching the peak of his powers, leading some to believe ‘Mundo’ should be the one at the shorter end of the fractions.

Smith may find himself being lumped on by punters right up until the first bell, with only a bland performance against Nieky Holzken in his final four match-up stopping the bookies from siding with him.

Smith stated: “I am excited to be part of such a big night of boxing. It began with the red carpet treatment in Monaco and will end with more of the same in Jeddah.”

In an unprecedented move, Comosa AG have sent the two Brits out of their homeland to Jeddah as the showpiece event will take place at the King Abdullah Sports City in Saudi Arabia.

“The Super-Middleweight Final in Saudi Arabia, where the Muhammad Ali name and legacy is so revered, has all the ingredients to capture the world on a stage not normally associated with boxing,” said Kalle Sauerland.

“Groves vs Smith is an incredible match-up between two proved gladiators, two rivals, it’s certainly a final not to be missed!”

It has also been confirmed that Eubank Jr. will feature on the undercard and be drafted in to replace any of the competitors should they withdraw through injury or illness.

 

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