The British boxer Callum Smith ended fellow Briton George Groves’ 16-month reign as WBA world super-middleweight champion and won the World Boxing Super Series final with a stunning seventh-round knockout of the 12 rounds in their contest held late Friday night at King Abdullah Sports City Hall in Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia.
Smith, 28, landed a left hook to hurt Groves, who hung on until a body shot finally floored him. As 30-year-old Groves shook his head, the new champion dropped to his knees in Jeddah.
The major international event was organized by Saudi Arabia’s General Sport Authority based on the agreement signed in the British capital London last year, by Saudi Chairman of the Board of Directors Turki bin Abdul Mohsen Al Al-Sheikh and an official from “Comosa” company, the organizer of the tournament.
The winner was awarded the tournament’s trophy by Rashida, daughter of the late boxer Mohammed Ali Clay.
The international event has attracted a large audience and a tremendous world and domestic media coverage.
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