Super Middleweight Callum Smith (25-0, 18 KOs) realised the lifelong dream of becoming a world champion as he disposed of former WBA champion George Groves (28-4, 20 KOs) in the seventh round in Saudi Arabia, becoming the proud recipient of the Muhammad Ali Trophy, given to the victor of the World Boxing Super Series, official time was 2:04.
The fight up until that point was a patient affair, both men having an element of success but it was Smith who made the breakthrough, uncorking a stunning left hook counter to leave Groves in a world of hurt as the Londoner tried to find solace on the ropes, not one to let the moment pass, Smith followed up the shot with a combination, ending with a hard shot to the body which left Groves curled up on the canvas before the referee Luis Pavon intervened.
“It’s been a long time coming and there are times when you think if I don’t take this will the chance come again?
“I am a big believer in my own ability and knew I could become the best on the planet and I’ve done that.
“I kept believing and I’ve reminded people of how good I am.
“I felt I was beating him at his own game, I used my brains, I always knew I had the power to finish him but I showed my boxing ability too.”