Its been a long time coming but on Saturday night, Super Middleweight Callum Smith shed the proverbial ‘Prospect’ skin by adorning the new moniker of World champion in his dethronement of George Groves.
It was the type of performance that had been missing from previous bouts, allowing people beforehand to predict a Groves victory. In that regard, the way in which the fight unfolded was even more surprising.
Smith came into the bout looking like a version of the fighter who folded Rocky Fielding like a cheap tent in the windy season, living up to previous rave reviews as he unloaded a right hand that staggered the champion before a follow up assault, ending with a rib-crunching body shot left Groves on the canvas, shaking his head in acknowledgement that his reign had come to an end.
The performance was enough to allow us to move Smith north in our ranking, we already knew he was HUGE at the 168 lbs limit, mix that with his obvious talent will no doubt have had the competition running for the hills, even in this talent-rich division.
Although one potential destination may lead to James DeGale who is looking for a BIG fight to end the year, his fight this weekend went somewhat under the radar as he stopped the overmatched Fidel Moterrosa in the third round, showing that maybe just maybe he may have another run at a world title left in him.
CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR FOR SANTIAGO IN HIS PURSUIT TO UPSET ANCAJAS
IBF junior bantamweight Jerwin Ancajas was left to thank his lucky stars, escaping by the skin of his teeth with his title intact following his fortuitous draw with Alejandro Santiago. It was a far cry from the fighter that had people echoing thoughts of the next Manny Pacquiao, unable to deter the aggression of Santiago who was left scathing at two of the scorecards.
LINARES BACK WITH A BANG – EYES GARCIA OR LOMA REMATCH
It was great to see one of boxing’s best back in the ring this weekend, making his first visit since his loss to Vasyl Lomachenko, Three-Division World Champion Jorge Linares was in no mood for a distance fight as he wasted Abner Cotto in just three rounds. It was vintage Linares from start to finish, showing accuracy and potency to mix up the velocity of shots which had Cotto guessing wrong as he visited the canvas twice before both men tumbled to the canvas in the third, Cotto rose on unsteady legs which gave the referee the inclination that he may be ready for an early shower as he waved his hands in indiction of the contests end.
The performance was impressive knowing as we do how durable Cotto can be but things became more interesting afterwards as Linares drew up his wish list of Mikey Garcia or a rematch with Lomachenko. I’m not picky Ill let you decide Jorge.
All in all, it was a solid weekend of action with more than enough to keep us boxing writers busy, Let me know your favourite bout from the weekend by tweeting me @topclassboxing
Also before I leave, we would like to congratulate Anthony Wood on winning our competition for the signed George Groves Glove, I’m sure it is going to a good home
Until next week, Thank you for reading #MyTake