George Groves again proved himself the king of the upset when defying the bookies to beat Chris Eubank Jr in February at the Manchester Arena. It was a surprise to many in the game but we should’ve seen it coming as he did something similar back in 2011 when outpointing rival James DeGale.
Victory over Junior earned Saint George a place in the final of the captivating World Boxing Super Series where the 30-year-old will face fellow Brit Callum Smith for the WBA super-middleweight title and Ali Trophy. In a strange turn of events traders have re-thought their book and with Smith favourite to win the tournament going into the semi-finals, Groves is now fancied to edge the decider.
Saint George on a run of KO wins vs British opponents
Hammersmith boxer George Groves took his tally to 28 wins against three defeats when beating Team Eubank on points, with the unexpected positive stretching his recent unbeaten run to seven since losing a split decision vs Badou Jack in Las Vegas three years ago. Jack’s form since makes that a bit easier on the eye.
After sinking to Jack, we’ve watched George beat British rivals, David Brophy, Martin Murray and Jamie Cox, with Murray the only one of those three to last the distance – Brophy and Cox both KO’d in four painfully short rounds. The form fighter to win in round four again is available at a big price or there’s 8/11 on the jolly to claim the bout. That bet will stand regardless of how he achieves the result.
Mundo the smart pick in Boxing Series final
Many with an eye for value will be shocked to see such a swing from bookmakers, who usually stick firmly to their first opinion. Groves’ win over Eubank was deserved but he did beat a man who went in looking for the knockout, leaving himself open for the counter and as the dust settled on the result it wasn’t nearly as impressive as the one recorded over Chunky earlier in his career.
Callum Smith is an outsider here, switching from the most likely winner of the trophy to second favourite in the fight betting and backing the younger man at a cracking 11/10 with William Hill will prove just too good to miss for a share of players. At 27 years old, Smith has youth on his side and a towering 6ft 3inches makes him the taller man with a sizeable reach advantage.
There’s also enough on Mundo’s CV to suggest he’s the smart pick with the Liverpool puncher bringing a 71% knockout average into the ring. Let’s not forget the final had to be put back due to a Groves injury and we’re left with an undefeated, big-punching fighter with a size advantage at a bigger price.
George Groves v Callum Smith has been scheduled for Saturday 14th July with the Manchester Arena the most likely venue.