By Mihaly Szabo
George Groves and Callum Smith met in the Jeddah’s King Abdullah Sports City Arena on Friday as they contested the World Boxing Super Series final.
Both boxers started cautiously in the opening round, throwing jabs, and Smith finished the first round stronger with a few right-hand shots.
In round two, the two fighters continued where they finished in the first round, but Smith tried to put pressure on Groves, but he’s showed his ring-craft to remain out of trouble.
In round three Smith caught Groves with a big right hand and seems to be Groves’ legs wobbled a bit, but he’s recovered quickly and his jabs helped keep Smith at a safe distance.
In the next three rounds, Groves took control of the fight with accurate jabs and a few right-hand shots but Smith was ahead of most scorecards.
Then in the seventh round, Smith caught Groves with a powerful left hook which is put Groves in trouble, before an uppercut and body shot sent him to the canvas and he did not make the count.
Smith won the Ali Trophy, the WBA super-middleweight title, the Ring magazine belt plus a seven-figure financial reward for next to his WBC Diamond belt which also was on offer in the WBSS final.
“I’m a big believer in my own ability and I believed I was good enough to become a world champion,” Smith told ITV Box Office.
“I kept believing and tonight I reminded people of how good I am. It was a good fight, I felt I was beating him at his own game and winning. I got my big shots off first and he couldn’t take it and I got the finish.”
After the fight Groves stated: “We knew he could punch, he has height and reach as well so I didn’t really want to trade with him,” he said.
“I was landing myself, but so was he and he got the finish. The shoulder looked alright and it felt alright. I’m not here to make excuses, it worked. Callum was the better man on the night. I’m going to have a good rest, I’m not retiring, it’s been a dogged year for me.