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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 October 2018

WBSS super-middleweight final: Guide to George Groves v Callum Smith in Saudi Arabia

Two English fighters set to battle for the Muhammad Ali trophy, as well as Groves' WBA title

George Groves will will put his WBA title on the line against Callum Smith in Saudi Arabia on September 28. Getty Images
George Groves will will put his WBA title on the line against Callum Smith in Saudi Arabia on September 28. Getty Images

WHAT IS IT?

The inaugural World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) super-middleweight final.

WHEN IS IT?

Friday, September 28.

WHERE IS IT?

The Indoor Sports Hall, King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

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WHO IS COMPETING?

The battle for the Muhammad Ali trophy pits against one another Englishmen George Groves and Callum Smith, the No 1 and No 3 best-ranked active super-middleweights in the world according to the renowned The Ring magazine. World titleholder Groves (28-3, 20 KOs) will be making the third defence of his WBA crown when he faces Smith (24-0, 17 KOs). The undercard includes Chris Eubank Jr, the son of celebrated former boxer Chris Eubank.

WHAT IS THE WBSS?

Beginning last September, the WBSS is a first-of-its kind annual boxing tournament that features eight top-ranked super-middleweights in an elimination format. Thus far, fights have taken place in England and Germany. The winner will hold the WBA world title, as well as the Muhammad Ali Trophy.