Boxing News Round-Up 20.2.18: Callum Smith Set for Final

In today’s boxing news round-up we look ahead to Callum Smith’s big night in the second semi final of the World Boxing Super Series. Go Mundo! 

Callum Smith aims praying for world boxing super series final

Callum Smith is aiming to go up against George Groves in the final of the world boxing super series. Smith faces Juergen Braehmer in the second semi-final of the super-middleweight tournament on Saturday, 23rd February in Nuremberg, Germany.

Smith (23-0) believes that he will be too much to handle for the German veteran who is a former two-time world light-heavyweight champion.

“Braehmer looked good in his quarter-final against Rob Brant,” said the Smith. “He’s a good fighter and he’s experienced. He’s been there and done it, a former two-time world champion. He’s an awkward fighter, he knows he’s awkward and he uses it to his own advantage.

“I have to concentrate on me. If I do what I do good, I will be too good for Braehmer on the night. I am expecting a good fight, I am expecting the best version of Juergen Braehmer, but we have everything covered to make sure I will proceed to the final.”

Source: Daily Mirror

Bob Arum talks Golovkin (GGG) and Canelo on Reddit

Boxing promoter Bob Arum has predicted that Gennady Golovkin will manage to record a convincing victory over Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez when the two fighters meet for the second time on May 5th.

The two clashed for the first time in September and the bout ended in a controversial draw despite many fans and pundits feeling that ‘GGG’ got the better of Canelo on the day.

Judges scored the fight 118-110 for Canelo, 115-113 for Golovkin and 114-114 which resulted in it being a draw.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum took part in a Reddit chat and offered his thoughts on the first match. “I had Golovkin winning eight rounds to four. I thought that Golovkin gave away a round or two in the beginning and may have lost a round or two at the end, but he won everything in the middle and it wasn’t even close,” Arum stated in a Reddit chat.

“You have to understand, I’ve been in boxing for a very long time and people see things differently. Just because I saw the fight one way doesn’t mean others couldn’t see it some other way. I just think based on how I viewed it, Golovkin won and won quite easily.

Source: Reddit

Kell Brook reveals dark spell after losses to “GGG” and Errol Spence

Kell Brook has admitted that his life hit “rock bottom” after he suffered shocking defeats against Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and Errol Spence.

In addition to Brook having his unbeaten run broken, his eye sockets were also injured during the two bouts.

The 31-year- old makes a return to the ring in the light-middleweight division next month and will take on 32-year- old Belarusian Sergey Rabchenko.

Brook has since admitted that he was so demoralized and depressed after the losses against Golovkin and Spence that he took to drinking.

“I was really that low. I didn’t want to go on. People don’t know that. I hit rock bottom around Christmas,” he told The Guardian .

“I remember sitting on my own, thinking: No one loves me. What have I done to myself? What have I done to the people that do love me?’ I was at home and my missus and kids were out. I thought, ‘I’ve let people down who really love me.”

Source: Daily Mirror

George Groves takes swipe at Chris Eubank Jr following victory

George Groves has taken a swipe at Chris Eubank Jr claiming that his title ambitions were exposed as “fairy dust” following the fight between the two last Saturday which Groves went on to win.

Groves went on to retain his WBA ‘Super’ Championship after his unanimous points win over Eubank Jr which booked him a spot in the super-middleweight final of the World Boxing Super Series.

Heading into the fight, Eubank Jr had promised that he would showcase the ability which he has to become a Champion. However Groves as since taken a swipe at those claims and also questioned whether Eubank Jr has a future in the sport.

“He dreams big, which is good on him, but tried to fill it out with fairy dust,” Groves exclusively told
Sky Sports. “There is no substance to anything behind him. Maybe this is the best way to do it, because you’ll never really know his limitations, but he’s never going to go any further.

Source: Sky Sports Boxing

World Boxing Super Series final is nothing without me: George Groves

George Groves has said that there will be no point tuning into the World Boxing Super Series final if he does not compete in it.

Groves booked his place in the final of the competition on Saturday as he defeated Chris Eubank Jr by unanimous decision and he will now face off against the offer of the fight between Callum Smith and veteran Juergen Braehmer who will face off in Nuremberg this weekend.

Despite Groves having won his bout against Eubank Jr, doubts have been cast over whether he will manage to compete in the final of the competition after he dislocated a shoulder during the bout.

However the 29-year- old has insisted that he is a fast healer and will be back in the gym soon. He said: “Who wants to watch the final without me in it? If the dates need to be changed slightly then I’m sure they’ll do that.

“We’ll get the medical report first and then see. If I was them I wouldn’t want to replace me. The doctors said it looked good and there was no floating bone. I’m going to see a specialist and have more scans so I should have a full idea by tomorrow.”

Source: Evening Standard

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