Ryan Burnett vs Nonito Donaire and Josh Taylor vs Ryan Martin live stream free: How to watch WBSS card tonight

1 Nov

Rising British stars Josh Taylor and Ryan Burnett will look to shine in a World Boxing Super Series tournament double-header in Glasgow on Saturday night.

The hometown super-lightweight contender and Northern Irish WBA bantamweight world champion are set to begin their campaigns in the new competitions this weekend, though there is some confusion over where fans can watch the fights.

Josh Taylor was last seen beating Viktor Postol in June, while Ryan Burnett defended his belt against Yonfrez Parejo in March

Taylor will face unbeaten American Ryan Martin in his quarter-final, while Burnett meets former four-division champion Nonito Donaire.

Neither fight will be shown on conventional UK TV as the WBSS have not agreed a deal with any broadcaster that suits them.

Therefore live streaming will be put into effect so UK fans can watch the two bouts.

Details on where to watch both Josh Taylor and Ryan Burnett can be found below.

Where To Watch?

As a TV deal is yet to be agreed for this year’s World Boxing Super Series, Josh Taylor vs Ryan Martin and Ryan Burnett vs Nonito Donaire will be shown live and free on the WBSS website and YouTube channel. As well as on the SPORTbible Facebook and IFLTV Youtube channel, starting at 7pm on Saturday, November 3.

What Time Are The Ring Walks?

Ring walk times have been officially confirmed for both bouts. The undercard starts at 7pm, but Ryan Burnett vs Nonito Donaire will begin the main event action at 9pm UK time, with Josh Taylor vs Ryan Martin capping off the card at 10pm UK time.

Callum Smith backed to knock out George Groves in World Boing Super Series Final in Saudi Arabia by trainer

27 Sep

Callum Smith’s trainer believes George Groves can and will be knocked out when the pair meet on Friday night.

The super-middleweight World Boxing Super Series comes to a close in Saudi Arabia on Friday night as Groves puts his WBA title on the line against Smith, live on talkSPORT.

Trainer Joe Gallagher believes it is Smith’s time to shine

Friday night’s winner will also claim the inaugural Muhammad Ali trophy, the coveted Ring Magazine belt as well as a rumoured £9million cash prize.

After winning a world title at his fourth attempt and making a successful recovery from shoulder surgery, Groves has admitted winning the tournament would be the pinnacle of his career.

For Smith however, the chance to announce himself on the world stage with an upset victory would potentially thrust him onto the path of super stardom.

His trainer Joe Gallagher not only believes he can pull off a victory on Friday, but predicts he will do it in style.

He told talkSPORT: “George Groves is a professional, Shane McGuigan is a professional – they’ll be covering every single stone in the same way me and Callum Smith are.

“Stylisticly-wise [sic], George has got a good style. But we’ve seen George’s style be unveiled three or four times how to beat him.

“Callum Smith has not been beat yet so I know they’re keen to test Callum’s whiskers. But we know we’re keen to test George’s whiskers – we know if we hit George he will go.

“They don’t yet whether Callum will go yet or not so it’s a really exciting fight and I’m really looking forward to it.

Carl Froch infamously flattened Groves in 2014 to end their bitter rivalry

“George Groves is a credit to British boxing, it’s a great British story. But maybe like when George fought Carl Froch, everyone saw George as the changing of the guard.

“George feels now, with Callum Smith coming, there is a changing of the guard now in the super-middleweight division as the No.1 in the country.

“It’s up to him to stop the assault of Callum Smith.”

The clash at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah is scheduled to take place on Friday September 28 at 9pm, UK time and can be heard live and for free on talkSPORT.

George Groves vs Callum Smith diary: Sneaking a lift with Anthony Crolla while keeping cool in Saudi Arabia’s stifling heat

27 Sep

Ahead of George Groves’ fight with Callum Smith, live on talkSPORT, Dom McGuinness headed to Jeddah to follow all the action first hand.

Day One

A trip to Saudi Arabia to watch two Brits battle it out for a world title and a massive trophy, is not the norm. It’s the World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight final with George Groves taking on Callum Smith in the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah. The winner leaves town with the WBA title (owned currently by Groves) along with the Muhammad Ali trophy – a huge gold swirly thing standing about four feet tall.

The fight was originally mooted for either Manchester or London, but the event organisers settled on a country that has never staged professional boxing. The Saudis are keen to open up for more tourism so made every effort to land this prestigious final.

Before even thinking of the adventure ahead, there was the visa to be granted. Not the most straightforward operation, but the passport landed back just in time for flights and hotel to be booked.

Anthony ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla is the nicest man in boxing

On arrival at check-in, it’s straight to the back of the queue for Saudia Airlines. In the Priority Lane cuts the figure of Anthony ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla, decked out in some manner of posh beige tracksuit (“look like I’m on safari, don’t I?”) He’s early, for once. A stablemate of Callum’s, Anthony will be working the corner on fight night alongside trainer Joe Gallagher. Ant’s checked in and off to the lounge.

Meanwhile, also arriving at the back of the queue is boxing trainer Dave Binns along with his son, Tom, and unbeaten County Durham welterweight Darren Surtees. They’re off on the Jeddah gig too. Darren’s on the undercard, taking on fellow Brit, Kane Baker – a late replacement. Just as the three men are talking through their journey to the airport, in comes Birmingham’s Baker and his trainer Errol Johnson. The two lads who’ll do battle in a couple of days nod at each other and smile faintly. No needle, just a little awkwardness.

Through security, a brew and a snack and we’re called to the gate before quickly being called to board. Once on the vessel, Anthony turns left, the rest of us head right. If check-in was a touch uneasy for Kane and Darren, they quickly realise there’s no escape. They’re sitting on the same row just a few seats apart.

Flying time on flight that is a third full is less than seven hours. On arrival, it’s down the plane stairs to the waiting transfer buses and an outdoor temperature of 31C – it’s 1am. It’s stifling.

Passport control is an experience. Hundreds of pilgrims have arrived from India (Jeddah’s airport serves the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina) along with business travellers from all over the gulf states and a couple of weary boxers and their teams. Crolla, meanwhile, has been whisked through immigration and has his bags and his new driver friend all sorted in arrivals at least 40 minutes before the rest of us make it through.

The ‘nicest man in boxing’ lives up to his reputation though. He hangs around to make sure I have a lift as we’re staying in the same place. Twenty minutes later and we arrive at our hotel which overlooks the Red Sea on one side, with a patch of wasteland at the back. It’s an area clearly earmarked for development.

It’s after 2.30am when we arrive in reception. Liam Smith, former WBO super-welterweight world champ and older brother to Callum, comes out of a lift full of beans in his grey ‘Team Smith’ t-shirt. He’s been playing snooker and hasn’t quite acclimatised to his new surroundings yet after arriving a few hours earlier.

Time for a kip before getting to grips with Jeddah and the final fight press conference later in the day.

Dom is in Jeddah where George Groves is defending his WBA title in the World Boxing Super Series

George Groves claims his shoulder surgery in lead up to World Boxing Super Series final was way more painful than Carl Froch knockout

27 Sep

Although he was subject to a brutal knockout by Carl Froch in May 2014, George Groves claims the pain he went through to defend his WBA super-middleweight title on Friday night was much worse.

Saint George, as he is known, faces Callum Smith in the final of the World Boxing Super Series in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Groves vs Smith: Live talkSPORT commentary, undercard info and start time

Groves and Smith will battle it out for the World Boxing Super Series trophy on Friday night

However, Groves’ build-up to the fight has been disrupted after he suffered a gruesome left shoulder dislocation in his semi-final win over Chris Eubank Jr in February.

What is the World Boxing Super Series and what do the winners get?

The physical pain from surgery and rehab was worse than anything Groves faced – and that includes Froch’s stunning right-hand at Wembley that left Groves in bits.

Groves, 30, revealed: “Physically, the shoulder injury was harder than those defeats. It has been agony.

“I did walk a tightrope of thinking ‘can I be bothered?’

This brutal right hand from Froch secured an eighth-round knockout victory for the Cobra

“Then you snap out of it. I thought ‘don’t be so ignorant, you have a gift, why turn your back on the tournament’.

“Then the next day you think ‘I am not getting beat just because I’m injured’. It has been a dogged time rehabbing, the hardest thing I’ve had to do.

“Seeing the chiropractor, the osteopath, the surgeon, was not easy. Then looking in the mirror and seeing your shoulder is one fifth of the size it was going into the fight…”

But the Londoner, who became a world champion after three failed attempts, warned: “I have not done all of this to go through the motions, I will be just as good as I was before, if not better.

Eubank celebrates his victory over Eubank Jr with coach Shane McGuigan

“I could not say I lost because of the shoulder, I wouldn’t even want to listen to myself using that excuse so who else would?”

Groves comes up against scouser Smith, 28, who is a 6ft 3in giant in the 168lb division.

But after his long rehabilitation process, Groves insisted he felt like “nasty person” again and is determined to win the trophy at the end of the fight.

He added: “I don’t want ­anyone else to win this ­trophy. I am back to feeling like an athlete.

“Now I feel like a nasty ­person again and I want to have a fight.”

George Groves vs Callum Smith full undercard details, including Chris Eubank Jnr

27 Sep

It’s been a long wait, but George Groves vs Callum Smith is finally on.

The World Boxing Super Series final was delayed as Groves recovered from a shoulder injury sustained in the semi against Chris Eubank Jnr.

Groves and Smith will meet in the ring on Friday, September 28

But after successful surgery, The Saint is back and also puts his WBA title on the line as he looks to end Smith’s unbeaten record.

Set for Friday, September 28, the showdown takes place at 9pm in Jeddah.

Who is on the Groves vs Smith undercard?

The supporting card is topped by Chris Eubank Jnr, who makes his return to the ring for the first time since his defeat to Groves back in February.

He faces Irish raider JJ McDonagh, whilst 24-year-old Darren Surtees puts his unbeaten record on the line against Birmingham’s Kane Baker.

Here’s how the full card looks ahead of a packed night in Saudi Arabia –

  • Chris Eubank Jr (26-2) vs JJ McDonagh (16-4)
  • Darren Surtees (8-0) vs Kane Baker (8-4)
  • Kem Ljungquist (5-0) vs Mourad Omar (4-1)
  • Aliu Bamidele Lasisi (7-0) vs Artid Bamtungauea (19-23)
  • Mikael Lawal (7-0) vs Tamas Kozma (6-6-3)
  • Zuhayr Al Qahtani (4-0) vs Giorgi Gviniashvili (16-12-1)
Groves beat Chris Eubank Jr by decision in his semi-final

What is Chris Eubank Jnr’s record?

Defeated in the WBSS semi-final against Groves, Eubank Jnr is desperate to get back to winnings ways.

The other loss on his record came in 2014, when he was outclassed by Billy Joe Saunders in a dust-up for the European, British and Commonwealth middleweight belts.

Going into this bout with JJ McDonagh, he has a pro record 26-2, with 20 of those wins coming by way of knockout.

Tune into talkSPORT for exclusive live commentary of Groves vs Smith from Saudi Arabia on Friday, September 28

What is the World Boxing Super Series and what do the winners get?

26 Sep

Boxing is experiencing a popularity surge in the UK.

With heavyweight stars such as Anthony Joshua packing out stadiums, there is an appetite amongst fight fans for high-class competition – and that’s exactly what the World Boxing Super Series is designed to provide.

Groves beat Chris Eubank Jr by decision in his semi-final

What is the World Boxing Super Series?

Founded in 2017, the WBSS looks to bring the best-of-the-best of each weight division into a knockout-style competition.

The first edition of the tournament saw a total of 16 elite boxers from two weight classes (cruiserweight and super middleweight) battle it out over the course of a year.

With eight fighters in each division, the format was set out as a quarter-final, semi-final and then a grand final.

The format is marketed by Sauerland Promotions and they made the choice for the super-middlweight showdown between George Groves and Callum Smith to be held in Saudi Arabia.

Earlier in 2018, Oleksandr Usyk completed his domination of the cruiserweight side of the draw when he comprehensively beat Murat Gassiev in Moscow.

The first edition of the WBSS comes to a close in September
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What do the winners get?

The winning boxer will receive the Muhammad Ali Trophy, which was lifted by Usyk earlier this year.

But the financial incentives are also vast, with the fighters sharing a total prize fund of £37.9m – and each winner grabbing a cool £7.5m.

The WBC also intends to award the champions a commemorative ‘Diamond’ title.

And remember that belts can still be won or lost in a WBSS fight, with Groves putting his WBA (Super) strap on the line against Smith.

Tune into talkSPORT for exclusive live commentary of Groves vs Smith from Saudi Arabia on Friday, September 28

George Groves has ‘no chance’ of suffering recurrence of shoulder injury in World Boxing Super Series Final against Callum Smith, says Shane McGuigan

26 Sep

Shane McGuigan claims George Groves’ shoulder has ‘slim to no chance’ of popping out during his clash with Callum Smith.

The super-middleweight World Boxing Super Series will reach a dramatic conclusion on Friday in Saudi Arabia, a clash you can hear live on talkSPORT from 9pm.

Groves and McGuigan have worked together for several years

In order to reach the final, Groves had to survive a final round onslaught from Chris Eubank Jr. without his trusty left jab after dislocating his shoulder.

After months of agonising surgery and rehab, the ‘Saint’ is back with a reinforced shoulder and desperate to silence the doubters who think he will fall apart.

Speaking exclusively to The Sun, trainer McGuigan revealed: “He has had an operation so the chances of his shoulder popping out again are slim to nothing.

“It is safer than the other shoulder because he has bolts to lock it in place now.

Grove is adamant his shoulder problems are sorted
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“The amount of work he has done to get it back is phenomenal, we have had to work so hard but over time it slowly came back.

“We have had two of the best guys in the world at repairing shoulder injuries working on George and it is now at the backs of our minds.

“George now wants to showcase his ability. So many people wrote him off before and that is what he is using as fuel.”

Intensive shoulder surgery such as this can have a devastating effect on a fighter who relies on explosive speed and cat-like reflexes like Groves.

Groves was too smart and too cunning for the powerful challenger

David Haye was initially forced to retire from the sport in 2013 after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder after years of wear and tear. His ill-fated comeback suggested he should have stayed there.

However, despite the pain of the surgery and the fear of quitting the sport he loves, McGuigan revealed the fire still burns bright for the Hammersmith-born fighter.

“Quitting was never brought to my attention by George,” he continued.

“I know it can be hard to motivate yourself when you have a lot of money in the bank and a world title.

“But he has worked so hard to get in that position that he is not going to let a dislocated shoulder take that away.

“George is a very driven man and sometimes you don’t see it with him.

“I have worked with a lot of fighters who are hungry for success but it has dwindled but George now wants to showcase his ability.

“Every fight from now on in is a bonus and he is massive money now, every fight can take him another eight-ten years in his life, with the right investments.”

 

Why is George Groves vs Callum Smith taking place in Jeddah?

26 Sep

George Groves and Callum Smith are ready to do battle.

The two British super-middleweights have made it to the final of the World Boxing Super Series – and will fight in Jeddah for the inaugural Muhammad Ali Trophy.

The British pair are finally stepping in the ring
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Why is Groves vs Smith taking place in Jeddah?

The World Boxing Super Series is in its inaugural year and has proved a big hit with fans.

Oleksandr Usyk fought Murat Gassiev in the cruiserweight final and has since gone on to seal a showdown with Tony Bellew later this year.

The Groves vs Smith match-up will be the first time that Saudi Arabia has hosted a major boxing event.

And Kalle Sauerland, head of Sauerland Promotions who created the WBSS, says the fight night will raise the profile of the sport in the region and lead to events there in the future.

Kalle Sauerland is excited to see how Jeddah stages the bout
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Sauerland said: “What’s really interesting is there is potential for a long-term relationship in the region to bring what we believe is the biggest event in boxing, the Champions League of boxing: the WBSS and its final, which will only get bigger and bigger every year.

“So the question of why has this worked? That’s very much credit to the WBSS brand. This is an event of a massive magnitude, which the GSA acquired without knowing who would be in the final. It was about the WBSS final being staged in Jeddah. That speaks to the brand, without a doubt.

“People say it’s just about money, but that’s simply not true. Of course, finances are a factor, but there would probably be more attractive offers from UK football stadiums. It’s about building something that is sustainable. That’s what the WBSS is about. It’s not about a one-off event. That’s a very clear message.”

Friday night is prime time for viewers in the Saudi Arabia as their working week is Sunday-Thursday.

When is Groves vs Smith?

The finale to the World Boxing Super Series is set for Friday, September 28.

It will take place at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah.

The bout is slated to begin at 9pm UK time.

 

Tune into talkSPORT for exclusive live commentary of Groves vs Smith from Saudi Arabia on Friday, September 28

George Groves vs Callum Smith fight: Live talkSPORT commentary, stream, undercard and start time for World Boxing Super Series final

26 Sep

After months of delays, George Groves and Callum Smith finally enter the ring on Friday night to decide the World Boxing Super Series.

The two British super-middleweight stars have battled through to the final of the inaugural tournament, with the winner of this bout receiving the Muhammad Ali Trophy, as well as a huge cash prize.

The pair go head-to-head in Saudi Arabia
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Groves has undergone shoulder surgery on an injury sustained in the semi-final against Chris Eubank Jr, pushing the date of this showdown later than anticipated.

Smith has beaten Erik Skoglund and Nieky Holzken on his way to the final and can maintain his unbeaten tag (24-0) with victory.

Grove is adamant his shoulder problems are sorted
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When is Groves vs Smith?

The finale to the World Boxing Super Series is set for Friday, September 28.

It will take place at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah.

The bout is slated to begin at 9pm UK time.

How can I listen on talkSPORT?

You can hear the bout live and exclusive here on talkSPORT.

The most popular way to listen is through our web player, whilst you can also tune in through our mobile apps.

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

As with all fights in the WBSS, the bout will be broadcast on ITV Box Office and costs £16.95.

Who is fighting on the undercard?

Losing semi-finalist Chris Eubank Jr. returns to the ring to face JJ McDonagh in the main supporting bout.

Not to be underestimated, McDonagh displayed one of the knockouts of 2017 when he defeated Jake Ball for the WBA International Light-Heavyweight title.

Here’s how the evening is set to shape up.

  • Chris Eubank Jr (26-2) vs JJ McDonagh (16-4)
  • Darren Surtees (8-0) vs Kane Baker (8-4)
  • Kem Ljungquist (5-0) vs Mourad Omar (4-1)
  • Aliu Bamidele Lasisi (7-0) vs Artid Bamtungauea (19-23)
  • Mikael Lawal (7-0) vs Tamas Kozma (6-6-3)
  • Zuhayr Al Qahtani (4-0) vs Giorgi Gviniashvili (16-12-1)

Tune into talkSPORT for exclusive live commentary of Groves vs Smith from Saudi Arabia on Friday, September 28

Callum Smith’s coach admits bookies are right to make George Groves favourite in World Boxing Super Series final

24 Aug

Callum Smith’s coach Joe Gallagher has admitted that the bookies are correct to pick his man as the underdog against George Groves.

The 2015 Ring Magazine Trainer of the Year heaped praise on the opposition at the first press conference ahead of their World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight final clash, live on talkSPORT, Friday September 28.

Smith’s height advantage was obvious during the head-to-head

“The bookies have got it right having George the favourite,” Gallagher said of the WBA world champion.

“I’m a huge fan of George Groves. He’s very much like Anthony Crolla, I think he’s the boxer’s boxer – everyone likes him.

“Full praise and credit to him. I’m a huge admirer of him.”

Groves beat Chris Eubank Jr by decision in his semi-final

Regarding the fight itself though, Gallagher made clear that he still very much believes the underdog can come through victorious.

“The thing with these two fighters is that both carry serious power,” he continued.

“I think that’s what makes it exciting. One of them only needs the one shot, that’s all it may take for this fight.”

Smith beat late-replacement Nieky Holzken in the second semi-final

Groves himself had already disagreed with this assessment.

Despite admitting that Smith will provide a challenge on September 28, the 30-year-old insisted he will ultimately secure a comfortable victory.

“In the tournament I think he’ll be my toughest test yet, but it’s nowhere near a step too far.

“I feel I’m in the form of my life, I’m boxing better than ever. I don’t see Callum posing a problem for me on fight night.

“It’s just another fight and if I go out and perform how I know I can, stick to the game plan, it’ll be another comfortable win.”

The bout will be for George Groves WBA world title, Callum Smith’s WBC ‘diamond’ belt and the Ring Magazine super-middleweight championship

Callum Smith himself was more observant of the occasion, given that the bout will provide him with a long-awaited first world title shot.

“It’s been a long time coming,” said the 28-year-old, ”But I’m finally sitting here in the press conference for my world title fight.

“The fight with George has been talked about for a long time and it’s a fight that I’ve always liked for myself.

It’s a fight I’ve always been confident of winning and I’ve finally got my chance now to go out and prove that and become a world champion.”

Chief Boxing Officer for the World Boxing Super Series Kalle Sauerland confirmed that the fight will start at 9pm UK time on Friday, Septemeber 28.

It is set to take place at the King Abdullah Sports City Sports Hall, a 10,000-seater venue in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.