Smith Finds it 'Strange' That Groves Bout is Not Landing in UK

In the coming months, Callum Smith was expecting to take part in his first domestic mega-bout on UK soil.

Smith is scheduled to face WBA super middleweight champion George Groves in the final bout of the World Boxing Super Series super middleweight tournament.

One would expect that bout to take place in a major venue in the UK - but WBSS executive Kalle Sauerland made it clear earlier this week that Groves vs. Smith is likely not taking place in the on UK soil - with Saudi Arabia being mentioned as a potential location for the fight.

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At the moment the exact date of the fight is not clear, because Groves suffered an injury during his February win over Chris Eubank Jr. - so the bout with Smith, which was initially scheduled to take place in June - got pushed back to the fall.

“Two Brits outside of Britain, it’s a bit unusual but I think this tournament has been a bit unusual from the start, it’s been a little bit different like the Champion’s League. They’re doing well so far. I’ve just got to stick by what they say and do my job in the ring and win,” Callum said to Boxing News.

“It’s a bit strange, to be honest with you, a big domestic fight with two Brits, 99 times out of a hundred you’d think it would be in Britain. But it doesn’t really phase me too much. Regardless of where the fight is, it’s a level playing field for both of us.”

The wait has been long, but Smith is not bothered. He's willing to wait as long as possible to get Groves in the ring. A win over Groves would be a career-defining victory for him.

“It’s frustrating,” Smith said but added, “It was supposed to be early June, then end of June and what not. It’s been a while. But it’s the fight I want and I said I was prepared to wait however long it took to get this fight. So I can’t really complain about the fact that I’m waiting to get this fight.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JayCho on 07-08-2018

[QUOTE=LacedUp;18922738]I've heard about the saudis for 30 years.. still waiting for them to put up a big fight.[/QUOTE] They did against Egypt and Uruguay but not Russia

Comment by LacedUp on 07-08-2018

I've heard about the saudis for 30 years.. still waiting for them to put up a big fight.

Comment by MDPopescu on 07-08-2018

[QUOTE=_Rexy_;18922630]The Saudi's look at it as an "investment" They won the CW finals before the match was set, then they sold it to Russia for a big profit.[/QUOTE] ... it's interesting if it's so...

Comment by Scopedog on 07-08-2018

If the Saudis really want it they'll get it. Too much money in play. The Sauerlands don't seem to mind, but what about Hearn, though?

Comment by _Rexy_ on 07-08-2018

[QUOTE=////;18922389]The saudi royalty supposedly bids on pretty much every boxing match since 2005ish and it never ends up happening. I'm starting to wonder if it's an inside joke promoters use on nosey journalists when they don't have a set venue.[/QUOTE]…

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