What time is George Groves vs Callum Smith? Ring walk time, what TV channel, live stream, fight prediction, undercard, and odds

GEORGE GROVES and Callum Smith face off in the final of the World Boxing Super Series tonight.

The huge all-British fight takes place from Saudi Arabia – with Groves putting his WBA super-middleweight title on the line. The winner will also receive the Muhammad Ali trophy.

 Callum Smith and George Groves pose next to the Muhammad Ali trophy after their weigh in yesterday

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Callum Smith and George Groves pose next to the Muhammad Ali trophy after their weigh in yesterday

What time is Groves vs Smith?

The fight takes place TONIGHT – Friday, September 28.

It will be hosted at the King Abdullah Sports City Arena in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

The ring walks be at exactly 9pm, as confirmed by promoter Kalle Sauerland.

What TV channel is Groves vs Smith on?

ITV hold the rights to The World Boxing Super Series, and will be showing it through their ITV Box Office channel.

  • This fight is set to be a pay-per-view event and available through ITV Box Office.
  • Groves vs Smith costs £16.95 with no added charges.
  • Contact your TV operator or use your remote control to purchase this event.
  • Coverage from the ITV Box Office will begin at 6pm.

Alternatively, follow ALL of the latest with SunSport's live blog on Friday night.

How can I live stream Groves vs Smith?

The ITV Box Office fight can be live streamed through tvplayer.com

  • It also costs £16.95 for the live stream.
  • TV Player note – this is one off payment that allows access to the live stream of this event on the TV Player website and apps only. The broadcast is limited to a maximum of two streams per account.
  • This payment does NOT allow access to this event through any alternative TV or streaming service e.g Sky Virgin TV etc.

What radio station will be broadcasting the fight?

talkSPORT have live and exclusive commentary of the fight.

You can hear it through talkSPORT's web player.

talkSPORT is also available on your DAB radio and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

What did the fighters weigh in as?

Both fighters were inside the 12stone limit.

Groves came in slightly the heavier of the pair, weighing 11st, 13lbs, 10oz. 

Smith weighed 11st, 13lbs, 4oz.

Big fight prediction

From Wally Downes Jr, SunSport boxing correspondent:

George Groves has been there and done it all before, four world title attempts and a Wembley sell-out – but it has come at a cost.

The super WBA super-middleweight champion suffered a dislocated shoulder in the semi-final win over Chris Eubank Jr in February and came close to quitting boxing but now fights to prove his doubters wrong.

Callum Smith is a different animal, the 28-year-old from the famous Liverpool fighting family, has been a prospect for too long and not had his high-profile defining fight.

At 6ft 3in, Smith adds huge physical advantages to his youth but Groves has proven doubters wrong time and time again.

Groves, 30, has an old head filled with experience but his body also carries the scars of a seasoned fighter. Smith is the younger, hungry challenger aiming for the upset.

Smith will need the performance of his career to beat Groves, in his hometown or nearby Manchester he might have done it. But the Saint and his reinforced shoulder should have too much in the Saudi Arabia showdown.

What were Groves vs Smith paths to the final?

  • Quarter-final: Jamie Cox – KO
  • Semi-final: Chris Eubank Jr. –  UD
  • Quarter-final: Erik Skoglund – UD
  • Semi-final: Nieky Holzken – UD

What are the latest odds?

  • George Groves to win in round 1 – 50/1
  • Callum Smith to win in round 1 – 40/1
  • George Groves to win by knockout – 3/1
  • Callum Smith to win by knockout – 7/2

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What are the fighters' records?

George Groves has lost three times in his 31-fight career, including twice to Carl Froch.

The 30-year-old's most recent defeat was to Badou Jack in September 2015 for the WBC super-middleweight title – but has since enjoyed a seven-fight winning streak, beating four Brits in that time.

Groves has knocked out 20 of his opponents, going the distance on eight occasions.

Callum Smith is undefeated in 24 fights, with 17 knockouts.

Smith will be looking to make Groves his ninth British victim, having previously held the WBC Silver Super-middleweight belt.

Who is on the undercard?

There is just one other fight on the bill, with Chris Eubank Jr taking on JJ McDonagh.

He narrowly missed out on the WBSS final, losing to Groves in the semis.

The Brit's opponent was a late addition and will be a formidable foe after producing of the knockouts of 2016 when he beat Jake Ball for the WBA International Light-Heavyweight title.

Full undercard:

  • Chris Eubank Jr vs JJ McDonagh
  • Darren Surtees vs Kane Baker
  • Aliu Bamidele Lasisi vs Artid Bamrungauea
  • Kem Ljungquist vs Mourad Omar
  • Mikael Lawal vs Tamas Kozma
  • Zuhayr Al Qahtani vs Giorgi Gviniashvili

What have the fighters said?

Groves: "He doesn’t win fights as easily or as convincingly as he should do. He ­labours to a points victory or a late stoppage. His biggest win is over Rocky ­Fielding, which he did win early."

Smith: "Every fight has been aiming towards this one. I do feel every fight I’ve had so far I’ve never really been fully satisfied. I’ve never really enjoyed any of my wins. No disrespect but it’s always been about the next title to get to being a world champion. I’ve finally got that chance now. I’m fighting for the chance to become the No  1 fighter in the division and the best in the world."

GEORGE GROVES and Callum Smith face off in the final of the World Boxing Super Series tonight.