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Saint stopped in Saudi

George 'The Saint' Groves came up short in his bid for the Muhammad Ali Trophy as he was stopped in the 7th round of a pulsating encounter in Saudi Arabia.

In the final of the inaugural World Boxing Super Series tournament, No.1 seed Groves fell short against unbeaten fellow Brit Callum Smith in a superb back and forth fight.  

Groves said: 'It was just not meant to be, full credit to Callum, he boxed well and was heavy handed. I have never been hurt with a body shot in my life so I couldn't believe it.

'We knew he could punch but he has got height and reach on me as well so I didn't want to go 50-50 with him.

'Callum to his credit was the better man on the night and for someone like me that is tough to say so full credit to him.

'I'm going to have a good rest now. I'm not retiring but it has been a long, dogged year, I miss my family and my kids so I want to get home and see them.'



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