Fresh off his 1st round stoppage win over Frenchman Hadillah Mohoumadi two weeks ago to claim the European title, the already British and Commonwealth champion Calum Smith has now been ordered, by the European Boxing Union, to defend his latest belt against their mandatory challenger, non other than his British counterpart George Groves!
Groves stopped Smith’s older brother Paul in a British and Commonwealth title fight in 2011 and Callum would have the chance to gain revenge over his siblings conqueror if he and his team decide to take up the challenge set by the EBU. If not, Smith would have to vacate the title.
“Would you Adam and Eve it. Only been made mandatory for @callumsmith23 with the EBU. Sounds like a great fight to me.” Groves wrote, when he posted the picture below on Instagram of the EBU’s letter confirming, he is mandatory challenger to Smith’s newly acquired strap.
Groves, (23-3, 18KOs) already a former holder of the European title in 2014, was victorious in his last fight when he stopped David Brophy in four rounds, in a dominant performance, to seal a shot at Smith’s title, while claiming the WBA International belt, on the recent Anthony Joshua IBF world heavyweight title win against Charles Martin at the O2 Arena in London.
Londoner Groves is back and chasing a fourth world title opportunity after his past three failed attempts. Two against Nottingham’s Carl Froch, in them two epic battles and Badou Jack last September.
After cleaning up domestically, Liverpool’s unbeaten Smith (19-0, 14 KOs) is being touted as one of the brightest and talented British boxers coming through, and many experts are picking him as the best bet to be the next UK star, to rule the boxing world.
Previous to the impressive Mohoumadi stoppage, in November last year Smith, 25, blew away Scouse rival and highly rated unbeaten British contender Rocky Fielding, in one round to really make the boxing world take note.
Smith’s KO over Mohoumadi was classed as a world title eliminator for Badou Jack’s WBC world super-middleweight title and it’s uncertain if he would risk that status against the dangerous ambitious Groves? The ‘Saint too is still highly ranked and is a fight or two away from securing a world title shot and for both IBF champion James DeGale is a obvious target, But…
Callum Smith vs George Groves is a fight that seems right at this time and regardless of any belts on the line, which of course adds that certain sparkle and meaning, this proposed clash between the two countrymen, both fringe contenders, almost makes itself.
Both are hungry for more, but each are standing in the way of the other and they seem destined to meet in what could be classed as, a world title eliminator and could make a fight of the year candidate in the UK.
Smith is promoted by Eddie Hearn of Matchroom and Groves with German based Sauerland Promotions. Both promoters have history of working together on past shows and the fight should be easy to negotiate and make. The EBU have stated that both parties must now have private negotiations and submit a contract for the fight to take place. If not then purse bids will be called for. Watch this space!