George Groves fight would expose Callum Smith's weaknesses

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On Saturday we saw an absolute demolition by the youngest of the Smith brothers - Callum - over his opponent, Hadillah Mohoumadi, in the first round of his World Title eliminator. It was impressive, to that there is no doubting, and it looks like he could go all the way but the youngest of 'The Smiths' should be very wary of 'The Saint'.

George Groves, in a way, has hit the pinnacle, he will never replicate that second fight against Froch in terms of tickets, stadia, publicity - although neither would the winner on that night if he was still fighting on. However, the main issue for Groves now is the motivational side of the sport and not what many people had suggested - that he's been Cobra'd.

If you go back to his first fight post-Wembley, it was a gruelling 12 rounds against Christopher Rebrasse, who also featured at the Echo arena on Saturday night. His opponent, Rocky Fielding was just coming off a first round defeat against the man of the moment, Callum Smith.


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He's clearly been affected by it because the Frenchman had him all over the place a number of times during that fight, which wasn't the case against Groves.

Smith fought Rebrasse last year and, even though he dropped him with a body shot, he also had a tough night where he just couldn't get the durable Frenchman out of there.

In between the Rebrasse and Badou Jack match-ups, was a 10-rounder against 'Mommas Boy' Dennis Douglin, it was uninspiring and George himself admitted that he'd ended up sleeping in his dressing room before the fight.

When he arrived over in Vegas though to face 'The Ripper' Badou Jack, there was a feeling this would be the time Groves became a World Champion. It was a risk going to Vegas and fighting on the Mayweather vs Berto undercard, against a 'Money' fighter as well, it didn't pay off.

If you look back to the previous time he fought in the States against Francisco Sierra, and compare it to his performance against Jack, it is clear he has lost some mobility - not an initial problem as it is a natural ageing development, but St George's main assets have always been his timing and accuracy.

Things were getting extremely tough in that fight four years ago but those two aforementioned skills got the Mexican out of there and, if you haven't seen it, you need to as it was one of the most devastating finishes inside a boxing ring.

Groves has now changed over to McGuigan's gym where he can hopefully rediscover some movement to his game because his timing is still there and more importantly, so is Callum Smith's chin.

As great as that demolition was on Saturday night, he got caught and The Saint's timing and accuracy would exploit that. It's only a little thing but his legs did buckle slightly and someone of George's class would expose that.

Unfortunately for 'Mundo' Smith, it looks like the World Title shot won't happen until late this year and that would've been a great indicator of where he is at compared to Groves. From Smith's perspective, he shouldn't go anywhere near Groves before that mandatory shot because there is a very good chance The Saint will shock the general public.

Groves isn't finished and a big fight, along with his new lease of life and focus, will prove that.

Do you think Groves is finished, and who would win between himself and Smith? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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