Feature | Sep 26 2018

George Groves: ‘I feel like a nasty person again’

George Groves has come through the hardest physical ordeal of his life to set up the Callum Smith fight, writes John Dennen
George Groves
George Groves & Callum Smith Public Work-Outs  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

GEORGE GROVES is now the veteran. He has fought finest fighters of his era; Carl Froch, Badou Jack, James DeGale. He has a super-middleweight world title. This week, on Friday (September 28), he will not only put his WBA belt on the line against Callum Smith, he will attempt to become the first super-middleweight to win the World Boxing Super Series and the Muhammad Ali trophy.

Comparing Smith to all those he’s fought before, Groves said, “I don’t know where he ranks, I hope he is harder than [Chris] Eubank [Junior] but he will be totally different. I think he is dangerous early. I think he looks easy to hit but as soon as you let your hands go, he clips you.”

He continued, “I know I am fit and can hold my form but I haven’t seen Callum Smith do that even though he goes 12 rounds. I think if it goes long he will have doubts about fitness and concentration and if he switches off I will take advantage.”