Liverpool’s Callum Smith believes he will be too young and fresh for WBA ‘super’ super-middleweight champion George Groves when the pair meet on Friday night in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
The two fighters have been in the country for the last few days as they fine tune their preparations for their World Boxing Super Series fight. Groves weighed in at 11st 13lbs 10oz, with Smith at 11st 13lbs 4oz, and both making the 12 stone limit.
The winner will lift the WBA ‘super’ title, Ring Magazine title, WBC Diamond belt and the coveted Muhammad Ali Trophy. Smith has stopped 17 of his 24 opponents and yet to lose but Friday’s clash will be the first world title of his career.
Despite the lack of experience, Smith insists Groves could well be his downfall. He told worldboxingsuperseries.com: “I feel ready, I feel strong and I’m ready to fight and ready to become world champion.
“He is a good fighter, I’ve got a lot of respect for him as a fighter but he looks like an old man. He looks like he’s had a very hard career.
“He’s had a very good career but there’s a lot of miles on the clock and I am just the younger, fresher, better man, and I am ready to take his world title off him.” Groves is three inches shorter than Smith and the Liverpudlian may try to use his height advantage and box at range.
Smith is 3.80 to win on points, while he is 4.33 to win via KO, TKO or disqualification.