Photos: Callum Smith Blasts Out George Groves, Wins WBSS

Callum Smith wins the World Boxing Super Series Super middleweight final with a dramatic seventh round knockout over countryman George Groves.

The all British clash came to a fair conclusion when Smith struck the defining blow in the seventh. Up until that point, Smith had been the dominating fighter, after a nerve wrecking, chess-like opening of the fight.

smith-groves-fight (12)

The final dubbed ‘Rowdy in Saudi’ was fought in front of a euphoric crowd at the Indoor Sports Hall in King Abdullah Sports City.

Ringside, at the first ever professional boxing show in Saudi Arabia, was boxing notables as Evander Holyfield and Prince Naseem and the coveted Muhammad Trophy was presented to Smith by Rasheda Ali, daughter of the ‘greatest of all time’.

smith-groves-fight (8)

In addition to the golden grand prize, Smith is now the WBA Super World Champion and WBC Diamond title.

“I have waited so long for this,” said Smith who has been dreaming of becoming world champion since childhood.

"I'm a big believer in my own ability and I knew I was good enough to become the best on the planet.”

“I'm not a man who shows a lot of emotion, you never see me ecstatic, but you saw it tonight because it's a lifetime ambition fulfilled.'

smith-groves-fight (2)

Groves showed grace in his defeat and congratulated his English rival.

“Embarrassing,” said Groves.“I’ve never been hurt by a body shot before this in my entire career. But all credit to Callum. He deserves this night.”

The final in Jeddah marks the conclusion of Season I of the World Boxing Super Series. Ukraine's Aleksandr Usyk took home the Ali Trophy in the Cruiserweight division in July.

smith-groves-fight (4)

smith-groves-fight (1)

smith-groves-fight (3)

smith-groves-fight (6)

smith-groves-fight (11)

smith-groves-fight (7)

smith-groves-fight (9)

smith-groves-fight (2)

smith-groves-fight (5)

smith-groves-fight (1)

smith-groves-fight (10)

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tatabanya on 09-30-2018

[QUOTE=T.M.T;19151693]You that miserable to say something so stupid like that ?[/QUOTE] Who are you to act as the arbiter of what one should or should not write or say? If I really think something is stupid, I will let the…

Comment by T.M.T on 09-29-2018

[QUOTE=Tatabanya;19150451]So does Muhammad Ali's daughter.[/QUOTE] You that miserable to say something so stupid like that ?

Comment by SteveM on 09-29-2018

I watched it just now. Don't know what to make of that. Callum Smith has good classic technique but just walks forward like a mummy with his guard up. Nothing Groves did seemed to even phase him, much let hurt…

Comment by 5burowz on 09-29-2018

Really impressive win for Smith. George is no mug.

Comment by DramaShow on 09-29-2018

A star is born

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (7)
Top Headlines Canelo-Fielding: No Rematch Clause in Contracts, Says Hearn's Television Pick of The Week - October 19 Murata: I'd Like To Fight Canelo - But Without The Mexican Beef! Bradley Skeete: I Ain't Got Time To Be Treading Water! Caoimhin Agyarko Very Pumped For Pro Debut in Brentwood Khan Sees No Reason For Brook To Reject Rehydration Clause Canelo: I'm Not Desperate, Mayweather Rematch is Good For Fans Jason Quigley Overcomes Freddy Hernandez For Decision Win Peter Fury Assures That Hughie is Beyond Ready For Pulev McGuigan Confident of Josh Taylor Beating Everyone in WBSS Felix Alvarado Prepares To Hit Philippines For IBF Title Rumble Middleweight: A Possibly Complicated Sandbox Pacquiao Wants To End Adrien Broner in Seven Rounds or Less Francisco Vargas Would Embrace Direct Crack at Machado Photos: Murata-Brant, Dadashev-DeMarco - Face-Off at Presser Photos: Saul Sanchez, Fernando Saavedra - On Weight To Fight Anthony Yarde vs. Walter Gabriel Sequeira Picked Up By ESPN+ WBC Prez Overjoyed By Canelo-DAZN Deal: Time To Celebrate! Gloferson Ortizo Hopes To Rebound From First Defeat Arum: Linear/Stream Combo Gives ESPN Advantage Over DAZN De La Hoya Unloads on Mayweather: We Don't Hit Women! Photos: Kid Galahad, Toka Kahn Clary - Face To Face at Presser Photos: Rodriguez-Moloney, Dorticos-Masternak - Face To Face Photos: Katie Taylor, Cindy Serrano - Face To Face at Presser Photos: Tevin Farmer, James Tennyson - Face To Face at Presser Photos: Demetrius Andrade, Walter Kautondokwa - Face To Face Mayweather To 'Cheating' Canelo: I Make $300M in 1 Fight, Not 11! Agit Kabayel vs. Otto Wallin is Ordered By The EBU Hearn: Jacobs To Fight Canelo in May If He Beats Derevyanchenko Joseph Parker vs. Alexander Flores Set Down For December 15 Cheeseman: Byfield Does Not Deserve British Title Shot Arum: Crawford-Spence Fight Could Be Made in 3 Hours! Frank Warren: Buglioni Rejected Over 100K For Yarde Fight UK News: Tommy Langford, Savannah Marshall, Sunny Edwards Hughie Fury: After I Take Out Pulev, Fans Will Talk Me & Joshua Golovkin Undecided, Still Choosing a Television Outlet Hearn: Canelo-Fielding Probably Gets DAZN 1 Million Subscribers Arum: Golovkin is Best Middleweight, He Clearly Beat Canelo! Taylor Confident He'll Beat Martin, Then Baranchyk In WBSS Semis Daniel Dubois: I Want To Fight Gorman When Time is Right

Latest Active Forum Threads