29th October 2011
There has been no need for antagonism ahead of the battle between George Groves and Paul Smith at Wembley Arena, but make no mistake, these two are both out to prove a point.
Smith is undeniably more motivated than ever in his bid to recapture the British title from opponent Groves. The two will meet on November 5th for what is set to be a night of fireworks as ‘Smigga’ challenges Groves for his British and Commonwealth super-middleweight belts.
After a disappointing show against DeGale in December, Smith went on to gain back-to-back knockout victories over his next two opponents. With a seemingly renewed vigour, the Liverpool boxer states he has the perfect style to outclass the ‘Saint’.
A firm underdog in the eyes of many critics and fans, Smith is determined to prove his doubters wrong by causing an upset on the night. He is confident he can expose and exploit the weaknesses he is certain the London pugilist has.
Groves believes Smith will be a good test as he sets his sights on the path to future world glory. The ‘Saint’ 13-0 (10 KO’s) has shown promising talent since his professional debut in 2008. He defeated old rival James DeGale in a heated grudge-match this May over twelve taxing rounds. The level-headed, intelligent approach masterminded by trainer Adam Booth brought Groves to success over his adversary.
|Paul Smith – boxingportraits.com|
Groves stresses that he is still an improving pugilist who is setting no timescale for a world title fight. He aims to impress against Smith – a seasoned pro with a record of 31 wins and 17 knockouts – showing once again that he is a rising star in the super-middleweight division.
Meanwhile, Smith claims he is in the condition of his life, fully prepared to go the distance to prise back the title that was once proudly his. Hungry and driven like never before, Smith will be undoubtedly dangerous on the night.
He aims to make the most of his opportunity to spoil Groves’ blossoming career. A win would see him back on track for a rematch with DeGale, who will be hoping old enemy Groves triumphs in order for a replay of their close battle early next year.
Britain’s super-middleweight division is a tangled web, with all the top competitors jostling to secure their spot in history as the next world champion. This is set to be a riveting battle between the experienced Smith and the burgeoning talent of Groves.
Whoever has the answers on the night will have bigger tasks awaiting them as they resolve to establish their position in an exciting and ruthless sport.
By Jane G.