George Groves vs Callum Smith

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George Groves vs Callum Smith
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Average: 4.2 (6 votes)

Date: 
Friday, September 28, 2018
Location: 
King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
168
Titles at Stake: 
WBA Super Middleweight World Title (Groves's 3rd defence). Boxing Super Series, Final
Referee: 
Luis Pabon

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WBA super middleweight world champion, London's George Groves, takes on unbeaten fellow Brit, Liverpudlian, Callum Smith, in the final of World Boxing Super Series.

Groves comes off quarter and semi final wins, knocking out unbeaten Jamie Cox with a devastating body shot, and out pointing son of a British boxing legend, Chris Eubank. Smith comes off quarter and semi final wins, gritting out a hard fought decision win over unbeaten Swede, Erik Skoglund, and a fundamentally decent, but lacklustre win over unbeaten Nieky Holzken, who was a late replacement for veteran, Jurgen Braehmer, who was injured.

The fight is cagey, neither fighter over commit, both try to establish their jabs, and in the early rounds, Groves throws more punches, wins the battle of the jabs, but Smith, landing a few clean counter right hands. As the fight goes into the mid rounds, Groves seems to be nicking rounds, using his jab, landing point scorers to the body, but Smith, controlled, and making Groves work harder.

When the fight seems very close, and both seem on course to win the fight, after 6 interesting rounds, Smith swings the fight in his favour, by letting Groves come foward, and landing a perfectly timed, clean left hook to the head, hurting Groves, and not letting him off, as he backs up, has him trapped, and tees off, landing a few follow ups to the head, but landing the most hurtful shot, to the body, that very shot destroys Groves, and as Groves goes down, he shakes his head, knowing he can't come back from such an agonising, incapacitating shot.

Callum Smith wins the WBA title, and is handed the WBSS, Muhammad Ali trophy, by Rasheda Ali, daughter of the late boxing legend.

Callum Smith proves himself at world level, pulls off an upset, knocks out George Groves in 7 rounds, and becomes the new WBA super middleweight world champion.

Despite having had a good career, Groves insists defeat to Smith isn't the end for him, and rules out retirement.

After 6 rounds, at the time of the KO, the judges disagreed amongst each other on who was winning, as there was nothing in the fight, one judge having it 57-57, another having it 59-55 for Groves, and a third judge, having it 55-59 for Smith.

This was the first loss for Groves since joining forces with Shane McGuigan, first defeat in 3 years, coming off 7 consecutive wins with his trainer who he works well with, the last 3 of those 7 wins, his world title win, and his 2 successful defences.

Callum became the second Smith brother to become a world champion, his brother Liam, having won the vacant WBO title at 154, in 2015, but Smith, becoming the first in his family to take a belt from a world champion, and the first to beat an established world level fighter.




Fan Cards: George Groves vs Callum Smith


scorecard by THEICEMANJDOG
Round
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3
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5
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12
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GEORGE GROVES
9
9
9
10
9
10
56
CALLUM SMITH
10
10
10
9
10
9
58


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
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3
4
5
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12
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GEORGE GROVES
9
10
9
10
10
10
58
CALLUM SMITH
10
9
10
9
9
9
56


scorecard by MJARSULIC
Round
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3
4
5
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Total
GEORGE GROVES
9
9
9
10
10
9
56
CALLUM SMITH
10
10
10
9
9
10
58


scorecard by ITESTR
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
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9
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12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
9
9
9
10
9
10
56
CALLUM SMITH
10
10
10
9
10
9
58


scorecard by SANDIS
Round
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3
4
5
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Total
GEORGE GROVES
9
9
9
10
10
9
56
CALLUM SMITH
10
10
10
9
9
10
58


scorecard by HAGLERGOAT
Round
1
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3
4
5
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Total
GEORGE GROVES
9
10
9
9
10
9
56
CALLUM SMITH
10
9
10
10
9
10
58


scorecard by CHAMPION58
Round
1
2
3
4
5
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9
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12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
9
10
9
10
9
9
56
CALLUM SMITH
10
9
10
9
10
10
58


scorecard by HTTP
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
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12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
9
9
9
10
10
10
57
CALLUM SMITH
10
10
10
9
9
9
57


scorecard by MATCHROOM
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
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Total
GEORGE GROVES
9
10
10
10
10
9
58
CALLUM SMITH
10
9
9
9
9
10
56


scorecard by GOOSU
Round
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2
3
4
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9
10
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GEORGE GROVES
9
10
9
10
10
10
58
CALLUM SMITH
10
9
10
9
9
9
56


scorecard by FLOYD TOUGH COMPETITOR MAYWEATHER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
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12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
9
10
9
10
10
10
58
CALLUM SMITH
10
9
10
9
9
9
56


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
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5
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9
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12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
9
9
9
10
10
10
57
CALLUM SMITH
10
10
10
9
9
9
57


scorecard by NOCTISSOLID
Round
1
2
3
4
5
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9
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12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
10
10
10
9
10
10
59
CALLUM SMITH
9
9
9
10
9
10
56


scorecard by MARTIN EDEN
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
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12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
10
10
10
10
10
10
60
CALLUM SMITH
9
9
9
9
9
9
54


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
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12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
9
10
9
10
10
9
57
CALLUM SMITH
10
9
10
9
9
10
57


scorecard by JSNULL
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
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12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
9
10
9
10
10
10
58
CALLUM SMITH
10
9
10
9
9
9
56


scorecard by SALTNUTZ1
Round
1
2
3
4
5
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7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
10
9
10
10
10
9
58
CALLUM SMITH
9
10
9
9
9
10
56


Comments

Champion97's picture

Awesome that this fight is happening!
If an injury happens, it happens, it is life, it is one of those things, and it isn't ideal to have delays, for more reasons than some people realise, it unavoidably affects the setup and structure of a tournament when the most important fight in the competition is in jeopardy, but it would be a crying shame if the these issues were enough to ruin what has been built by the previous stages of the tournament. The truth is, I think, that if two finalists, who have both earned the opportunity to be in the final, don't fight, and a postponement turns into a cancellation, there is and was no point in even having a tournament, the purpose is defeated, and the whole thing becomes a waste of time, basically. It is good that the delay from Groves's injury hasn't nullified the fight, it is a great, great match up, boxing fans have wanted to see Groves vs Smith for years, it might be the most popular fight at 168, definitely is within the UK fanbase, they both won in the quarterfinals, they both won in the semifinals, they want to fight each other, this fight is important, so let's appreciate the fact that we are going to see it afterall.

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

This is a 50/50 fight, a brilliant fight!, and a fight which could determine the best super middleweight in the world.

Groves is the better boxer, he is a very aware, very focused, controlled boxer, who knows he doesn't hold up against power, has one of the best jabs in boxing, is a puncher, knows how to do damage, is a brilliant defensive fighter, has a lot of heart, has experience, and is still not an old fighter despite having some miles on the clock.

Smith is the better fighter, he is a very versatile offensive fighter, he is very big for the weight, very strong, granite chin, 12 round engine, can punch. Smith is not the best defensive fighter, but when he takes punches, he applies pressure, makes opponents work, and as he gets closer, he unleashes attacks with power, accuracy, is a brilliant body puncher.

Groves is the more proven fighter, he has a good resume, wins over Chris Eubank Jr, Fedor Chudinov, Martin Murray, James DeGale, whilst Smith has wins over Erik Skoglund, Rocky Fielding, good wins, but fewer good wins than Groves.

Smith is the fresher fighter, and he is 2 years younger than Groves, he is bigger and stronger as well, about 8 centimetres taller, but Groves as well, a big super middleweight, but Smith is as big as super middleweights come, he does very well to make 168, and he will probably move up to 175 at some stage.

Smith is much more resistant to punches, there is no comparison, which means he can afford to take more risks. Groves is the much better defensive boxer, better reflexes, reactions, quicker instincts, and I think at this point, because Groves has learned first hand about what to do when you are hurt, he might have far, far more survival knowledge, survival skill if he is hurt than Smith if he does get hurt, because the right shot, with enough power, accuracy, method, which catches a fighter when they don't see it coming, can hurt any human fighter.

Groves doesn't have weak stamina, the evidence is his consistency for 12 rounds against Murray and Eubank, his stamina has improved if anything, but he gassed in earlier fights, because he was not controlled, he used to work unnecessarily hard, chased a knockout that wasn't coming, against an opponent who is confident, has a good chin, being impatient, being reckless, does not make you more dangerous. Groves doesn't have great stamina, but has the gas tank to do 12 rounds at a decent pace. It is one thing to talk about sparring the rounds, stamina wise, but if you fight an opponent who pressures you, makes you move, makes you exchange and just to exert yourself at a higher pace than you would be wise to, you will blow a gasket sooner or later. Eubank Jr is not a big super middleweight, Smith is far physically stronger than Eubank, and he is better at walking opponents down, cutting the ring off, he is a better pressure fighter, it will be more taxing for Groves in the early rounds against Smith than it was against Eubank.

If Groves can hurt Smith early, make him ease off, he would have a great chance of winning this fight, because if Smith isn't relentless, Groves can control the pace more, gas out later, but if Smith is relentless, if Groves can't hurt him for 4 or 5 rounds, and can't drop him when he does hurt him (or maybe he simply doesn't hurt him at all), then Groves will punch himself out.

I think Groves will put a shift in for 6 rounds, he might hurt Smith if Smith walks into one, but if that happens, I don't think Groves can finish him, I think he is too big, has too much desire, his recovery is too good. I think Groves will look more dominant for 2 one sided opening rounds than against Eubank, but because he will be being made to work harder than within his game plan. I think Smith will just pressure Groves, and soak up punches for 6 rounds, he might be aggressive enough trouble Groves to make a round close, but he could be 60-54 down after 6. I think after 6, Groves will be gassed, and in rounds 7, 8, 9, it will go more and more in Smith's favour, a bit like Hurd vs Trout. I think Smith will physically wear down and beat the fight out of Groves, and in I think round 11, he will stop him.

Gold's picture

The vacant Ring Magazine title is on the line for this one if you want to add it to the description

Champion97's picture

Why not? TRM I put it as.

I wrote a fight description/synopsis for Golovkin vs Alvarez II, you could read it if you want and tell me if you think it is a good summary of the fight.

Gold's picture

I think you did a great job with it.

What would you make of a Groves vs. Golovkin fight if Groves gets past Smith and Golovkin can't get the third fight for May? Interesting to you? Competitive?

Champion97's picture

Thanks man.

I love that fight, might be the two best jabbers in boxing, along with Mikey, Groves and Golovkin might have the best jabs in boxing. Groves can hit, he is very aware, he has a great offensive mentality, he has experience, but I think Golovkin is better, and even though Groves would be at a size disadvantage and Golovkin's punch resistance will be weakening even without the weight move, despite that, Golovkin could still hurt Groves bad, Groves does not hold up against punches, every time he gets hit clean, he gets hurt on some scale, and Golovkin makes you work, hunts you down, so a big question in the fight would be how many times can Golovkin find the chin. I think it would be a very competitive fight, and here is another one, if Smith beats Groves, Alvarez moves up to 168 later in his career, Smith aims to avenge his brother.

Gold's picture

Good point about the jab matchup, that would be an interesting element in itself. I assume you mean Golovkin would be at a size disadvantage, but I think like you do Golovkin could get Groves in some trouble, but also Groves could hurt an aging Golovkin as well at a weight higher than he's used to. I think Smith vs. Alvarez would be interesting too if Smith wins, but I don't see Canelo going up to Super Middleweight anytime soon where Groves vs. Golovkin could be a possibility in the not so far off future.

SalTnutZ1's picture

Who do you have winning this? I hope the winner faces Uzi or DeGale next. I'd like to see that division unified at some point, as most of its champions and contenders are on the younger side. I only worry that guys like Ramirez and Benavidez bounce soon to Light Heavy, bringing a lot of young talent with them. 168 could have a lot of buzz with the right match ups.

Champion97's picture

Smith, you?

Yeah me too, awesome potential fights!
Meh don't worry, some great talents at 160 are just as likely to bounce up to 168, all divisions are full of good fights, some stand out, but no I think there are great fighters in every division.

SalTnutZ1's picture

I think time, and wear and tear could definitely catch up to Groves. I say toss up right now. Would have to see them both at weigh ins to see how they look.

I'm thinking we see at least 1 Charlo at Super Middle at some point, same with Hurd and Munguia. There are so many great fighters and fights to be had from 154-168, the next few years are going to get very interesting!

Champion97's picture

I personally, won't read anything into that, I expect them both to look bad at the weigh in, and rehydrate well in time for the fight, just like in previous fights.

I'm not sure I agree to be honest, I'm not really in favour of fighters moving up in weight, definitely not more than two moves up, I don't think Hurd will ever be at 168, but that's just my opinion, and whichever way you look at it, the top 5 in every division is the top 5 in every division, and whenever it seems like a division is dead, look what happens, last year, there was nothing at 140 for Crawford, now, it might be more competitive than 147, sa,e at 160, look at it now, 168, it is just tht Uzcategui, Zeuge, Ramirez, don't get the credit they deserve.

SalTnutZ1's picture

I've just seen so many people recently come in burnt from their cuts, in both Boxing and Till in the UFC, and have that hurt them come fight night, so I at least keep an eye on it, though I agree, I don't think this should be a huge concern for these two. This fight is potentially so close in my eyes, that little things like that could sway my prediction when we add it.

I'm not saying I think they all should move up, I'm just predicting that they will. I think Munguia will end up there for sure, the other two seem like they would at least entertain it, though Middleweight I believe is best for Charlo and Hurd.

I agree on how divisions can shift. This is a great time for boxing. Glad to see so many young, talented fights who can promote their fights, and then make their fights exciting. And glad to see more TV networks/media entities getting creative to get more fights to the masses!

Champion97's picture

What a win from Callum Smith!
And what a performance!
Groves was boxing well, but Smith was as well, and that counter left hook, and Smith is a great finisher, and when he had Groves hurt, he capitalised brilliantly.

Matchroom's picture

I thought Groves was winning and at least doing much better than the commentators were giving him credit for.

I thought Groves was winning as well, although I do think part it was down to Smith's strategy. Smith was making sure to not overextend himself as he tried to time Groves with big right crosses and left hooks. That led to the low volume that helped Groves win 4 out of the 6 rounds on my card based on volumes, jabs, and bodywork. I never felt like he looked comfortable after he felt Smith's power though. A bit gutted for Groves losing another big fight, but it was a great win for Smith.

Matchroom's picture

Great finish by Smith btw.