Callum Smith: I'd Rather Wait and Fight Groves, Not Eubank Jr.

Super middleweight contender Callum Smith is still in the dark on his upcoming opponents in the final round of the World Boxing Super Series tournament.

Smith was set to face WBA world champion George Groves, who defeated Chris Eubank Jr. to reach the final round.

However, Groves dislocated his shoulder in the February bout with Eubank - and that's now jeopardizing his spot in the WBSS tournament final.

groves-smith (3)

In a twist, the WBSS is considering Eubank Jr. as a frontrunner to replace Groves in the tournament final.

The main issue the WBSS have, is finishing up the 168 tournament before their three new tourneys are set to debut in the fall.

Smith vs. Groves was targeted for late June.

"I was told June 2, then I was told June 29, and I was hearing if Groves wasn't ready, it was going to be Eubank Jr," Smith exclusively told Sky Sports.

"I'm hearing now maybe there is a chance it could go back to August-September. I'm in training and I've got to expect the unexpected. If they turn around and say it's Groves or Eubank Jr on June 29, then I've got to go with that date."

Smith has no issue with facing anyone in the tournament final, but he would much rather face Groves - and not the man who was defeated by Groves.

Groves is the number one seed in the tournament.

Smith also wants to prove his level, as he was given an easier than expected door to enter the finals.

In order to get to the final bout, he defeated a very late replacement in Nieky Holzken. Smith was set to face former world champion Juergen Braehmer, who withdrew a few days before the fight with an illness.

"It was all over social media that Eubank Jr was stepping in, it was official and stuff, and it was never official. Nothing had been confirmed to us. Then I was hearing maybe there's a chance they could put it back for Groves, which is what I want," Smith said.

"I've said I would rather wait and fight Groves. He's got the world title, which is what I entered the tournament for. It's what I've wanted since turning pro and it seems to be running away from me. I will catch it someday. I feel like I would get more credit, more reward, more everything for beating George Groves, then I would Chris Eubank Jr.

 "I would rather wait one, two, three months to fight George Groves," said the unbeaten 28-year-old. He is the main reason I entered this tournament. There's a lot of other reasons, but the main reason was to win a world title."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by P4Pdunny on 05-23-2018

tourney loses it's credibility if you put Eubank Jr back in there, but outside of it being Groves, Jr is probably the biggest pull they have left.

Comment by MDPopescu on 05-23-2018

[QUOTE=DuckAdonis;18793978]Props to callum smith, i agree with him, this is fkn BS[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=bluebeam;18794126]Thank you Callum Smith[/QUOTE] ... "I would rather wait one, two, three months to fight George Groves"...

Comment by Holler on 05-23-2018

[QUOTE=alexjust;18795046]I get their desire to finish, but wouldn't this tournament set a bad precedent for the future ones? I think this whole idea looks great on paper, but proves to be a complete waste and should not attract the top…

Comment by Rip Chudd on 05-23-2018

[QUOTE=Split Decision;18794357]no he isnt supposed to be, groves was supposed to be keep up[/QUOTE] I know that man, Groves was injured so in steps Eubank. Keep up

Comment by Holler on 05-23-2018

[QUOTE=Deus;18795922]Unfair on Smith? No Groves = no title. He wants the title.[/QUOTE] Yes he does, but he also needs to earn in the meantime. Should he wait indefinitely? What if another 6 or more months pass and Groves decides to…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (27)
Top Headlines Yordenis Ugas Wants His World Title Crack at Errol Spence Arum Shakes Head at "Bad Blisters on Feet" Claim For Jeff Horn Artem Dalakian Knocks Out Thaiyen in Eight, Retains WBA Belt Artur Beterbiev is Appealing Recent Legal Victory For Michel Chris Byrd: Wilder Can't Take Pressure, Almost Lost To Old Man Photos: Angel Acosta Stops Carlos Buitrago To Retain WBO Belt Paul Smith Announces His Retirement From Boxing Danny Roman: I'd Like To Unify With Rey Vargas or Isaac Dogboe Spence Unimpressed: I Only Did What I Should've Done to Ocampo Photos: Danny Roman Outboxes Moises Flores, Keeps WBA Title Granados: Fortuna Was Looking For an Excuse, Let's Rematch! Photos: Granados vs. Fortuna Ends Early With Freak Accident Photos: Errol Spence Crushes Carlos Ocampo in One Round Spence: I Want Garcia vs. Porter Winner Whenever it's Available! Photos: Josh Kelly Breaks Down, Stops Kris George Photos: Lewis Ritson Crushes Paul Hyland Jr. in One Round Photos: Ricky Burns, Gavin McDonnell Get Big Wins in Newcastle Tony Bellew: I'll End Tyson Fury's Comeback Run, No Problem! Ocampo: I Got Overconfident at The End, Spence Caught Me Spence: A Little Disappointed, Wanted it To Go Until 4th or 5th Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. Retires Cristian Mijares With TKO in Three Angel Acosta Stops Carlos Buitrago in Final Round, Retains Title Hearn: Canelo-Golovkin Deal Pushes Back Joshua-Wilder Fight Jose Zepeda Survives To Score Dramatic Knockout of Carlos Diaz Richard Rivera Stops Jaime Solorio in The Eight Round Errol Spence Wipes Out Carlos Ocampo in One Round Errol Spence vs. Carlos Ocampo - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Danny Roman Outworks Moises Flores To Retain WBA Title Danny Roman vs. Moises Flores - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Granados-Fortuna Ends in No-Decision After Freak Accident Granados vs. Fortuna - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Murray: D*ckhead Saunders Hoped For Golovkin, Faked Injury Andrzej Fonfara Debuts at Cruiser, Stops Ismayl Sillakh in Six Danny Roman vs. Moises Flores - CompuBox Historical Review Granados vs. Fortuna - CompuBox Historical Review Josh Kelly Stops Kris George, Adds Commonwealth Belt Errol Spence vs. Carlos Ocampo - CompuBox Historical Review Lewis Ritson Takes Out Hyland Jr. In One, Wins British Outright Gavin McDonnell Outpoints Stuart Hall, Retains WBC Regional Charlie Edwards Stops Nelson in Solid Win, Calls Out Kal Yafai

Latest Active Forum Threads