By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
CALLUM SMITH wants to face the 12-stone division’s very best after knocking out George Groves on Friday.
Scouser Smith captured the WBA world super-middleweight title with a seventh-round win over Londoner Groves in Saudi Arabia.
Smith, 28, sealed his victory in the World Boxing Super Series by sending Groves backwards from a left hook and then leaving him on his knees after a clinical finish that included a right to the body.
English rivals James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr, who are being lined up to meet each other in December, are now on Smith’s radar.
So is Mexican Gilberto Ramirez, who holds the WBO world title, and fellow Liverpudlian Rocky Fielding.
Smith said: “I’ve always said I’m in the game to see how good I am and fight the best. I stand by that.
“I entered this tournament to fight Groves because I believed he was the best in the division. I beat him so we look to see who else is out there.
“Any of the other top names that believe they are the best will see how good I am.
“I have done a good job on a very good world champion so bring on whoever’s next. I believe I’ve beaten the best so that leaves me at the very top.”
Despite banking most of the £6million purse Smith wants to celebrate with the quiet life.
He added: “I get a bit anti-social in training camp.
“I’m not one of them like Marvin Hagler. I don’t lock myself away but you become a bit of a boring person. I just want to enjoy a bit of down time with my family.
“I’m going to be a dad in a few months and I am looking forward to that for the first time, just do some normal day to day stuff.”