Kalle Sauerland of the World Boxing Super Series has confirmed that the WBSS’s venue and date for their super-middleweight final will be on June the 2nd. The final will be held at London’s O2 arena which is one of the premier boxing venues not only domestically within the UK but across the world of boxing. The news of the confirmation came at the pre-fight press conference between George Groves and Chris Eubank Jnr in Manchester.
The selection of the venue for WBSS 168lb final is a smart move to move to many if you consider the fact that at least one British fighter will be contesting the final with the winner of this weekends semi-final between Groves and Eubank will progress to the final. A second Brit could progress to the final also the following week with Callum Smith travelling to Germany to face Juergen Braehmer in the tournaments second 168lb semi-final.
Not only is it a wise move from a fighter point of view but commercially due to the strength of the boxing market of the UK, with the increasing popularity of the sport in regards to attendances, viewing figures on television and revenues generated in comparison to other established boxing markets particularly the US.
The WBSS super-middleweight tournament has gone down a particular success within the UK along with cruiserweight tournament as well. However the selection by the WBSS to include three of Britain’s most popular/talented fighters (Groves WBA world champion, Eubank Jnr IBO & Smith WBC Diamond) has presented the possibilty of an all British showdown in the final, which along with this week’s semi-final (Groves v Eubank) will further cement the legacy of this year’s WBSS tournament success and the British 168lb scene.