George Groves vs Callum Smith
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.