26/09/18

Beswicks Sports in Jeddah for George Groves vs Callum Smith

Beswicks Sports in Jeddah for George Groves vs Callum Smith

The great Muhammed Ali had two of his best known fights outside America. The first, against heavyweight champion George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire, on 30 October 1974—a bout nicknamed "The Rumble in the Jungle". The second, a third match against Joe Frazier in Manila on 1 October 1985 – a bout nicknamed “Thrilla in Manila”. Over forty years later, those two fights are still talked about as being some of the greatest in history.

The final, between WBA (super) champion George “Saint” Groves (ranked #1 in the world) and WBC Diamond champion Callum “Mundo” Smith (ranked #3 in the world), has been anticipated for years. It is the biggest fight that could be made between two British fighters outside the heavyweight division. 

The decision of the World Boxing Super Series to take the final of the Super Middleweight division to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was not popular with British fans. But we are sure that American fans made similar remarks when two of Ali’s biggest fights were announced to take place in Zaire and Manila, but few fans complained at the final bell. Those that didn’t watch out of protest missed out.  This is a global sport; Kalle Sauerland of the World Boxing Super Series has been keen to stress that the World Boxing Super Series is a global tournament. 

The final is now only 2 days away. Callum Smith arrived in Jeddah last Thursday with Beswicks Sports’ Head of Boxing joined his team on Saturday. 

Beswicks Sports will be there to provide the team support at every stage of fight week – from resolving disputes, representing Callum in rules meetings, right down sorting logistical tasks for the wider team – basically, we shall be taking any out of the ring pressures off Callum and trainer/manager, Joe Gallagher. 

Head of Boxing, Sean O’Toole, has the following update to provide:

“From the moment you arrive in this city, you know there is a big fight going on this week. Banners are in the airport and all over the city – you can hear people around you when you stroll down the streets talking about it. It’s great to be at the centre of such excitement.

Jeddah is a spectacular place – the hospitality is first class, the sea front gorgeous, and the food…wow. It was National Saudi Arabia day on Sunday which is a major celebratory day for the country. Parties, fireworks all evening, everybody on the streets having a good time…it made for a fun and relaxing atmosphere. 

Callum is relaxed; he has had a very good camp, managed his weight very well, and is just excited for Friday. This has been a long time coming, but fully worth the wait.”

Fans are encouraged to tune in to ITV Box Office for the event. No boxing fan will want to miss out on this great contest - “Rowdy in Saudi”, perhaps.

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