By Elliot Foster
Eddie Hearn has said that he doesn’t care when the World Boxing Super Series final is.
The promoter of Callum Smith, the WBC Diamond champion who booked his place in the Ali Trophy showpiece at super-middleweight on Saturday with an underwhelming display against late replacement Nieky Holzken, believes it doesn’t matter when it happens –– as long as right fighters are in it.
Smith, with the points victory against the 34-year-old Dutchman by margins of 118-110 and 117-111 twice, set up an all-British showdown with the number one seed.
Groves was named as the first of two finalists just on February 17 after he outpointed Chris Eubank Jr. on all three scorecards at Manchester Arena to retain his Super WBA crown.
But Super Series organisers, Comosa AG, are fretting over ‘The Saint’s’ availability for the final, which is scheduled for June 2 at London’s O2 Arena, after he suffered a dislocated shoulder in the final of 12 rounds against the second generation Eubank recently.
And Hearn believes it would be travesty if ‘Mundo’, who complained of sore hands after the fight, didn’t get his shot at the Hammersmith man’s world title.
“Saturday night was about getting the job done,” Hearn told Boxing Scene in the aftermath. “I think [the performance will] get some criticism because [people will say Smith] should have done more, but with that much on the line, why risk it?
“Callum coasted through to an easy points win and, more importantly than the George Groves fight, finally a shot at the world title.”
Smith had been mandatory for the WBC title at super-middleweight for what seemed like an eternity, with a shot against Anthony Dirrell for the title failing to materialise, before entering the tournament.
“It’s not here yet, though,” he added. “We hope it’s here. But it’s a massive relief because we got in to position with the WBC and he had his chance but they messed him around.
“Then this tournament came up and we decided to go in here instead of fighting Dirrell, which I don’t think would have happened anyway, so he’s had to have the two fights [in the quarter-final and semi-final] to make sure he gets it, but now he’s got it, he’s got the big one.
“I’m not worried about Groves making the final because Callum’s got sore hands and I think it’ll all work out fine. There’s no way George Groves can make June 2 and there’s no way really that, pending his hands, Callum should make that date.
“Who cares? I don’t care if it’s in January 2019. Of course, this is a tournament, but the truth is it’s about the fights. All we want to see is the fights, so it doesn’t matter when they happen –– if it’s July or September –– it’s no big deal.
“These guys know what they’re doing and they have to have that fight because of how big it is.”