Boxing News At Five | May 22 2018

Boxing News at Five: WBSS super-middle tournament is still without a final, Yafai wants to unify, Yildirim gets Mocked

As June approaches, we still don't have a WBSS super-middleweight final, Kal Yafai wants some unification, and Avni Yildirim must avoid being Mocked in September
George Groves vs Callum Smith
World Boxing Super Series Semi Final - George Groves vs Chris Eubank Jr - WBA & IBO World Super-Middleweight Titles  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

AS we mentioned in last week’s Boxing News, knockout tournaments are a wonderful concept in theory – sort contenders from pretenders, bring clarity to a convoluted game – but rarely climax with the happy ending their endeavour warrants.

This is proving the case with the (otherwise superb) World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) season one, particularly the super-middleweight tournament, as today, nearly two weeks after the announcement of a new bantamweight line-up, we still don’t know whether the best 168-pound fighter is George Groves, Callum Smith or…erm, Chris Eubank Jr.

Poor Kalle Sauerland has been adamant the super-middleweight mess needs to be resolved this summer – before season two gets underway – and promised some sort of resolution within 10 days of announcing his bantamweight series (on May 9). This timeframe, however, has now passed and we’re none the wiser.