Callum Smith believes he can take advantage of George Groves‘ “suspect chin” to be victorious in the World Boxing Super Series final and become Britain’s number one Super-Middleweight.
The 28-year-old from Liverpool challenges Groves for the Muhammad Ali Trophy, the Ring Magazine belt and the WBA ‘Super’ world title, when the pair meet in the tournament final at the King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Friday, September 28.
It will be “Mundo’s” first shot at a world title and although he concedes Groves has more experience at championship level, he insists the ‘Saint’s punch-resistance could prove his undoing
Smith speaking on events has been quoted as saying “He’s been there and done it, it took himself four goes and he kept himself up and kept himself going, and you’ve got to respect him for that,”
“But I also think the great career he’s had has a downside. He’s put a lot of miles on the clock and had a very tough career for a 30-year-old, but I am the opposite, I haven’t had a tough career yet.
“He has put a lot of miles in, but his chin was always suspect, even when he started off as a pro. Everyone said his chin was suspect, he’d been knocked out in the amateurs and early in his career, Kenny Anderson had him over, so it’s always been suspect.
“Fair play to him, he’s managed to get where he is with, in my opinion, a suspect chin.
I’ve still got to land and I’ve still got to get rid of him, but if I do land, yes, he’s done well to get where he has so far, but because of the vulnerability with the added mileage on the clock, I do feel he’s there for the taking. I feel now it’s my time to do it.”
Smith admits he has been on the brink of a shot at a world title for the past two years and even if fellow Merseysider Rocky Fielding pipped him first to claiming a belt, he is still fully focused with the task in hand and is ready to step up to show why he is the UK’s best fighter at 168 lbs.
Smith went onto say “I feel I am the fresher man, the younger man and I believe it’s my time to end his time at the top,”
“It’s somewhere I always believed I would be. When I turned professional those two [Groves and James DeGale] were racing through and I always had a feeling that when I get to world level, those two would be there and my path would cross with one, if not both, and it’s turned out to be George.
“I’ve heard him says about my lack of experience, but I am in the same position as he was for his first Froch fight and I still say, to this day, it was the best performance of his career.
“He rose to the occasion and he, more than anyone, should understand my position. Number one is somewhere I always believed I would be.”
Watch George Groves Vs Callum Smith live from King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Friday, September 28, live on Itv Box Office.
By Kenny Leavett.