WATCH: Callum Smith KOs George Groves, latter wins hearts for post-fight interview

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Saturday, September 29th, 2018 | 0

Callum Smith pulled off the biggest win of his career after stopping fellow Brit George Groves to win the World Boxing Super Series super middleweight title in Jeddah on Friday night. This was his first world title fight.

During the first half of the 12-round bout, Smith was the aggressor, making full use of his 6’3” frame. Groves, on the other shand, used all his experience in showing off his ring-work, countering some powerful swings from his opponent.

In the seventh round, however, Smith managed to break in the defence of Groves, rocking him with a left. A flurry of punches followed and the latter was thrown to the ropes before going down to the canvas.

He failed to beat the referee’s count as Smith celebrated by going down on his knees. Wow!

Despite ending up on the losing side, Groves showed he’s a true gentleman as he rubbished retirement talks during the post-fight interview.

“We knew he could punch, he has height and reach as well so I didn’t really want to trade with him,” said Groves following the fourth defeat of his career (he has lost to Carl Froch twice and Badou Jack once).

“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.”

By the virtue of his 25th professional victory, Smith was crowned the WBA ‘Super’ and WBC ‘Diamond’ champion apart from taking home the glittering Muhammad Ali trophy.

On the undercard, Chris Eubank Jr, who had lost to Groves in the semi-finals, made a winning comeback as his opponent JJ McDonagh quit on the stool at the end of third round.

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