Callum Smith and George Groves met one another in a boxing ring this weekend following Smith booking his place alongside Groves in the final of the World Boxing Super Series.
27-year-old Smith won a unanimous points decision last night over previously unbeaten Dutchman Nieky Holzken who suffered the first loss of his professional career.
Holzken although heavily the underdog before the fight, showed incredible toughness to withstand punishment from Smith.
It wasn’t the best performance of Smith’s career but with a last-minute change of opponent, he will have been pleased to get the most significant win of his career to date.
In terms of what’s to come next.
Smith’s jab controlled the fight for large periods but Holzken kept coming at him.
His strategy was one of taking risks and shots from Smith to land his own.
Smith boxed well but could not put a halt inside the distance of the relentless Dutchman.
After the fight Callum Smith and George Groves got into the ring for their first face off:
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Groves booked his place in the final a week prior with a unanimous points decision victory over Chris Eubank.
The first noticeable thing from the face off above besides the intensity of it – is the height advantage Smith has over Groves.
Something the Londoner is not typically accustomed to at super-middleweight.
Stylistically it could end up being more of a boxing match than a toe to toe battle. Given the propensity of both fighters to favour boxing on the outside.
Groves is currently nursing a minor shoulder injury but mentioned last night that he is confident in making it to the final against Smith this June.
Without any potential postponement needed.
Although no venue has been confirmed for the final of the World Boxing Super Series just yet – the UK is being heavily favoured to stage the bout.