17
Oct
2019

Flashback: George Groves stops Paul Smith, handing brother Callum revenge chance seven years on

Groves v Smith 25/02/2018

Frank Warren

George Groves heads into his World Boxing Super Series final meeting with Callum Smith aiming to defeat a second sibling from the famous boxing family.

Back in 2011, ‘The Saint’ took out Paul Smith Jnr in just two rounds to leave the Liverpudlian devastated and retain his British and Commonwealth titles.

The contest represented a first outing for Groves on the back of beating James DeGale in a massive grudge match and ultimately meant the Londoner was only two years away from a world title shot.

We all know how that ended against Carl Froch, although Groves has since rebuilt exceptionally and stands on the verge of completing a superb triumph to take the inaugral Muhammad Ali Trophy.

Standing in his way is Callum, younger brother of Paul by eight years, after ‘Mundo’ secured his place with victory over Nieky Holzken on Saturday night in Nuremberg.

Smith has the extra incentive of redeeming his brother’s loss, along with claiming a maiden world title if he can take Groves’ coveted WBA strap.

Currently in possession of the WBC Diamond Belt, a tournament win would mean Smith is in line to battle David Benavidez in a huge unification later in the year.

Bookies are now struggling to split the British pair following the semi-final action as Groves nulified Chris Eubank Jr. and Smith overcame a fighter of all trades in Holzken.

It really is a pick-em fight for the UK fans to enjoy, with June 2nd in London being eyed for battle should Groves successfully recover from a shoulder injury in time.

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