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Groves: WBSS Location is Advantage For Me With Callum Smith

George Groves is getting ready for his World Boxing Super Series super middleweight final with Callum Smith, which is being held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on September 28.

In what will also be Groves’ third WBA title defence, Smith’s first world title fight, and both fighters’ chance to win the Muhammad Ali trophy, they will meet at the King Abdullah Sports City.

The showdown represents Groves’ biggest fight since his rematch in 2014 with Carl Froch.

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The 30-year-old defeated Jamie Cox in the competition’s quarter-finals in October, and then Chris Eubank Jnr in the final four in February, when a dislocated shoulder threatened his participation in the final against Smith.

The promising Smith, 28, hopes to become the second of four boxing brothers – following Liam – to win a world title.

He defeated Nieky Holzken and Erik Skoglund to challenge Groves.

Groves believes the location of the contest is going to place more pressure on Smith.

"Obviously, everybody wanted to be boxing in the UK and I wouldn't have minded going to Manchester, and London would've been nice, but they decided to go to Jeddah and that's fine with me," Groves exclusively told Sky Sports.

"I'm good on the road, it won't be a problem for me. It's nice to box in front of your own crowd but I've boxed in some really hostile environments. This is a huge occasion for him [Smith], the biggest of occasions. He's already under a lot of stress and a lot of pressure and the fact that it's outside the UK adds to that pressure.

"There's even less familiarities he'll be looking for. Maybe he can draw from past experiences as an amateur but he doesn't have the same level of experience that I have as a professional, on the road. I believe that's an advantage [for me]."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sam21 on 08-08-2018

The arena there fighting in holds 60k no wonder WBSS want it there. Kalle told the saudis these two are megastars in boxing and they bought it.

Comment by Mick Higgs on 08-08-2018

I hope the undercard's good. Apparently there's only one active Saudi boxer & I hope he get's his chance to shine. However this has to be the craziest venue ever. "I wish them well"!

Comment by Clegg on 08-08-2018

He talks about his experiences on the road being so much more than Smith's, but all he had were some meaningless fights abroad when still a prospect and then the loss to Jack in the US. Not exactly a successful…

Comment by P4Pdunny on 08-08-2018

Backing Groves for this

Comment by scarybodyshot on 08-08-2018

Gingers don't tend to cope well in the heat?! I hope Groves sparks this lanky gimp out. There is a reason Joe Gallagher hasn't let him fight anyone of note up until this tournament (he got lucky with opponent pull…

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