We soon see the hugely anticipated World Boxing Super Series get off to a start as we await the final details of the schedule. The tournament entails of eight elite boxers, seven fights and one trophy.

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First of all, everybody involved in this tournament deserve a lot of credit with six of the fighters involved all being ranked in the world’s top 15. The incredible lineup includes Chris Eubank Jr, George Groves, Callum Smith, Avni Yildirim, Erik Skoglund, Jürgen Brähmer, Rob Brant and Jamie Cox.

The World Boxing Super Series is the meeting of eight elite boxers and the winner has the chance of securing a world title shot and also the very prestigious Muhammad Ali Trophy. Here’s how the schedule looks so far:

Super Middleweight Schedule

TBA- Originally scheduled for September 2nd, Germany :

Jürgen Brähmer v Rob Brant

September 16th, Liverpool, England:

Callum Smith v Erik Skoglund

October 7th, Stuggart, Germany:

Chris Eubank Jr v Avni Yildirim

October 14th, London, England:

George Groves v Jamie Cox

Our Top Tips

Best Bet: Bet on the favourite, Callum Smith winning the tournament with the best price at Bet365 with 13/8.

Value Bet: With all English boxers expected to win their first bout it’s worth capitalising by betting a treble. £30 on Eubank Jr, Groves and Smith returns £46.02 with Dafabet. Sign up today and get £30 free if your bet loses!

Long Shot: It’s not what we expect to happen- but who doesn’t love an underdog? Research is telling us that Cox is a handful, despite us expecting Groves to outwit him, it could be worth backing him at 20/1!

Who’s Odds On and Who Are the Underdogs?

If only it was that easy, the great thing for an event of this magnitude is that we get to see the cream of the crop in some closely contested bouts. One thing’s for sure, by the end of the tournament we’ll see the cream rise to the top, it’s just a question of who exactly? The highest ranked fighter in the tournament is Chris Eubank Jr despite George Groves having the most respected belt out of all those fighting in this series. To throw another spanner in the works, neither of those guys are favourite and that demonstrates the true calibre of the boxers involved in this world series.

Callum Smith (The Favourite)

He’s the favourite according to many bookmakers and that’s quite incredible seems the best opposition he’s faced to date is Rocky Fielding. But with his amateur pedigree and what he’s displayed so far, it shows us that he’s capable of being the best super middleweight in the division. He comes from a list of Smith fighters with three of his brothers all being recognised for their boxing talents, but the Livepudlian has his biggest test ahead of him in this series. He goes head to head with Erik Skoglund on September 16th and despite Skoglund being ranked 12th in the world, he’ll be expected to overcome this obstacle with the styles siding in Smith’s favour.

George Groves (The Champ)

We’ve seen George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr exchange words recently (video below), with the very confident Eubank disregarding Grove’s skills. Many believe these two will meet in the next round and the winner will enter the final. George Groves is in possession of his first world title after the fourth time trying, he owns the WBA title and puts it on the line. He picked the huge underdog for the tournament in Jamie Cox and that takes place on October 14th. “The Saint” could win the whole series without leaving England, with potential match-ups against Jamie Cox, Chris Eubank Jr and then Callum Smith.

Avni Yildirim (The Dark Horse)

“Mr Robot” could be in for the fight of the tournament as he goes to war with Eubank Jr. They’re both known to trade punches and Yildirim has 10 KOs from his 16 victories. This powerful Turkish fighter could be the one to watch with him being the unknown commodity in this competition. Could we see him beat Eubank to a victory with his natural super middleweight strength?

  • Hint- You can now get 20/1 with Bet365 and with our special offer you can actually deposit £20 but get £40 to bet on him. That means your £20 could return £820.

Jamie Cox (The Underdog)

By far the lowest ranked fighter taking part, he’s 42nd in the world and seventh in the UK. The best opponent he’s challenged is Lewis Taylor and he’s got an uphill task against WBA Champion, George “The Saint” Groves. If it plays out as expected he will be disposed of in the first round of the tournament. But boxing is a funny sport, it only takes one punch and although his record hardly suggests it, he’s known for being a big puncher. He won National titles in the amateurs and for that reason alone his ability should not be overlooked, there’s plenty of whispers from his sparring partners that rumour his raw power.

  • Hint- The bookies have him as a 16/1 outsider but you can get best odds of 20/1 with Bet365 here. Could it be worth a punt? Although it’s unlikely he will upset the odds three times in a row, his coach’s will have you believe that you may be in for a shock! He’s not got the biggest odds with Brant being at 50/1.

Who Wins and Why?

Above you can see just four of eight mentioned above, all for different reasons, with two being 20/1 outsiders and the other two expected to deliver on this world stage. The beauty of it is that both of those two Englishman could win and it’s about more than just talent, who can deliver consistently against the different styles they’re presented with?

How we see it playing out

Avni Yildirim is certainly an unknown quantity in this tournament and could present Eubank with some initial problems but we are with everybody else and can see a fantastic domestic clash with Groves and Eubank in the semi-finals. It will then be a case of that much-talked about fight with Groves and Smith. It’s obviously not as cut and dry as this as Jamie Cox presents a problem himself and there are some difficulties for all boxers. But Groves could be too strong for Chris Eubank Jr, despite his unrivalled engine, he doesn’t seem to pack a punch at this weight. He couldn’t hurt, albeit durable, Abraham but even when he landed clean against Quinlan he struggled to hurt him.

Verdict

We could see a final with Callum Smith and George Groves, if Smith lives up to what we expect of him, he will be too rangy, too strong and too skilfull. He’s the man to watch and could be a great for some time. He’s favourite for a reason and most bookmakers are giving odds of 11/8.

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Dan T is a sport journalism graduate with a huge passion for boxing, he has experience writing for Boxing News, Manchester Evening News and is a regular contributor at In Your Corner Boxing. As a boxing purist he favours boxers such as Floyd Mayweather Jr, Pernell Whitaker and now boxers such as Lomachenko. You can find Dan on Twitter @Treas555.

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