The World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) has announced the date and location of it’s second highly anticipated super-middleweight semi-final. Britain’s WBC diamond super-middleweight title holder Callum Smith will travel to Germany to face two-time light-heavyweight titleholder Jurgen Braehmer at the Arena Nürnberger Versicherung, Nuremberg. Both men qualified for the semi-final stages of the WBSS super-middleweight tournement with victories over Erik Skoglund (Smith via UD) and Rob Brant (Braehmer via UD) respectively to set up this anticipated semi-final.
Negotiations for this fight in terms of location selection for the contest have been portrayed as problematic publicly. Joe Gallagher who coaches Smith spoke his reluctance to travel to Germany for the contest, insisting the semi-final bout should be held on neutral territory and suggested the cities of Dublin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen as ore plausible cities to host the contest in the spirit of fair play. Those wishes have been ignored by the WBSS organisers who will put on the fight in Nuremberg.
WBSS’s chief boxing officer Kalle Sauerland spoke of his pleasure to bring the WBSS semi-final to Nuremberg hosting one of sports greatest national rivalries, England v Germany.
“We are very much looking forward to bring the Ali Trophy experience to Nuremberg on February 24,”
“Smith vs. Braehmer – England vs. Germany – it’s a classic anyway, but this one pits youth vs. experience. Smith is eager to show the world he is the best while Braehmer is entering the last chance saloon. 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.“
Callum Smith despite his trainer’s issues of the location insists that he will beat Jurgen Braehmer anywhere in the world.
“I believe I will beat Jurgen Braehmer anywhere in the world and it is a nice away trip for my fans. 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.”
The 39-year old Braehmer as expected is confident he has the ability to not only eat Smith but win the entire tournament and collect the Muhammad Ali Trophy.
“I am looking forward to the fight. Callum is a good fighter, but I feel confident that I will win this fight. I am in this tournament because I strongly believe I have the ability to win it. Next step towards my goal is a victory in Nuremberg.”
The winner of Smith-Braehmer will meet the winner of February’s 17th semi-final between George Groves & Chris Eubank Jr, held in Manchester, UK. The final for the super-middleweight tournament is set to be held during May in a location yet to be confirmed by the WBSS.