Callum Smith Knocks Out Ge­orge Groves To Reign As WBA Su­per Cham­pion

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Bri­tain’s Callum Smith knocked out his com­pa­triot Ge­orge Groves in Saudi Ara­bia, de­thron­ing the more ex­pe­ri­enced fighter to claim the World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion su­per mid­dleweight ti­tle and the cov­eted Muham­mad Ali Tro­phy. Smith, 28, knocked out the 30-year-old Groves in the sev­enth of 12 rounds, cap­ping a win­ning streak in his 25th bout, with 18 knock­outs over­all. Groves’ ca­reer record is now 28 wins out of 32 fights, with 20 knock­outs.

Smith’s height worked to his ad­van­tage at Fri­day night’s bout in Jed­dah: the Liver­pudlian, who stands 1.91 me­tres to Groves’ 1.82m, tow­ered over the the ti­tle de­fender as he de­liv­ered fast right-hand hooks, met with a quick left-handed punch by Groves. But Smith caught Groves with a left hook off the tem­ple nearly two min­utes into the sev­enth round, fol­lowed by a fast flurry as Groves stum­bled into the ropes and hit the floor.

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