Photos: George Groves, Callum Smith - Go Face To Face

Callum Smith booked a place in the Ali Trophy Super Middleweight Final after defeating Nieky Holzken on points in Nuremberg.

The judges scored it 118-110 and 117-111 twice all in favour of the English WBC Diamond Champion.

The Liverpudlian was due to fight German veteran Jurgen Braehmer but he was forced to pull out early in the week due to illness.

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“I’m looking forward to the final,” Smith after his win. “Groves is the one everyone wants to beat. He’s the number one seed and it’s the fight I wanted,” said tournament 2nd seed.

Said Holzken, who showcased a big fighting heart, over the 12 rounds. “I thought it would be tougher, but he did a good job behind the jab. Congratulations to him, but I will be back!”

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George Groves faced off with Smith immediately after the Liverpudlian’s win.

“I’ve had two great wins, this is the fight people want to see. I need to get in the ring and win the trophy,” said Groves. “It’s exciting to see your opponent fight live – I can't wait to get back into the gym. It will be an explosive final. I don’t expect it to go the distance – I’m confident, of course.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Marvlus Marv on 02-27-2018

[QUOTE=apollocreed;18517470]Groves has got legit power. Degale and Jr both have good chins. Groves put down Froch hard, who had a rock solid chin. Only Taylor has done that besides him. Ward, Kessler, Pascal, Abraham, Dirrell and Bute couldn't do it.[/QUOTE]…

Comment by Califire209 on 02-25-2018

Benavidez proved that he's a true champion in the rematch Gavril, he also beat the shyt out of Porky Medina who went toe-to-toe with James degale at only 20 years old. He's got the WBC and he's got sick Speed…

Comment by apollocreed on 02-25-2018

[QUOTE=Marvlus Marv;18517159]Benny puts his punches together better than the rest and has a decent bit of pop. Got skills. I like. Smith is too stiff and Groves is beatable. Who's Smith beat? And I'd say Groves got a close nod…

Comment by Sparked_26 on 02-25-2018

It will be a really tight fight. Smith's metronomic jab vs Groves' heavier snappier jab. It will be dull though.

Comment by Shane1091 on 02-25-2018

[QUOTE=*TonyMontana*;185j17207]I'm rooting so much for groves Hope he pulls it off after all his ups and downs[/QUOTE] The only thing he will pull is his shoulder from his socket.. Groves deserves to win he best the best opponents on route…

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