By Elliot Foster
CALLUM SMITH has finally been given the particulars of his next fight –– and Scouse boxing fans are set for an away day.
The Ali Trophy semi-final clash in the super-middleweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series between Smith and Juergen Braehmer will take place on February 24.
There had been some confusion as to the delay regarding the announcement of the particulars for the fight, but it was confirmed on Friday that the pair –– who each won their quarter-finals on points in September and October 2017 respectively –– would meet at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung in Nuremberg, Germany.
Joe Gallagher, the trainer of the WBC Diamond super-middleweight champion Smith, has expressed reservations about travelling to Germany to face former global ruler Braehmer in his home country and even suggested that the fight should take place on neutral ground to give both fighters a fair crack of the whip.
But the World Boxing Super Series team confirmed that they will travel back to Germany –– where Braehmer beat Robert Brant in his quarter-final –– to stage the second super-middleweight semi-final, which will take place the week after George Groves’ WBA Super super-middleweight title defence against IBO champion Chris Eubank Jr. at Manchester Arena.
“Smith is eager to show the world he is the best while Braehmer is entering the last chance saloon,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s chief boxing officer, regarding the latest big WBSS fight. “The outcome is unpredictable, it’s going to be a thrilling night in Germany and a fitting event for the last of our semi-final fixtures.
“We are very much looking forward to bring the Ali Trophy experience to Nuremberg on February 24.”
Smith claimed a 116-112, 117-110, 117-111 victory on the judges' cards and advanced to the semi-final after a thrilling showdown against Sweden’s Erik Skoglund at the ECHO Arena in Liverpool.
“I believe I will beat Juergen Braehmer anywhere in the world and it is a nice away trip for my fans,” the 27-year-old, who is unfazed by the fact he will have to travel, says. “I am the better man, the younger, fresher man and I believe I will do what needs to be done to get to the final.”
Tickets for the Ali Trophy semi-final bout between Smith and Braehmer will go on sale next week. Fans are asked to sign-up for ticket alerts at worldboxingsuperseries.com to receive the ticket link directly to their inbox and avoid disappointment.