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Experience Holds The Key For Groves

Experience Holds The Key For Groves

George Groves believes his greater experience will prove the difference when he takes on Callum Smith on Friday. The WBA Super World ­super-middleweight champion faces fellow Briton Smith in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in the World Boxing Super Series super-­middleweight final.

Groves came up against Jamie Cox and Chris Eubank Jr earlier in the tournament, while Smith overcame Erik Skoglund and Nicky Holzken, who was a late replacement for Germany’s Juergen Braehmer.

Smith boasts an unbeaten record but Groves, who has lost three of his 31 contests, feels the 28-year-old is lacking the big-fight experience ahead of their showdown.

“In any other sport, an easier route to the final is your best route, but in this sport, it isn’t,” he told reporters. “He has not been able to test himself at the highest level. If it’s not required, you’re not going to push yourself and you’re going to take the route of least resistance.

“He doesn’t win fights as easily or as convincingly as he should do. He ­labours to a points victory or a late stoppage. His biggest win is over Rocky ­Fielding, which he did win early.”

He added: “I’ve got more ­experience than him, I’ve boxed all around the world and on big shows like against Badou Jack in Las Vegas on the [Floyd] Mayweather undercard.”

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