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Groves vs Smith: Callum Smith is part of a younger, fresher and bigger brand of super-middleweight champions

Sky Sports | Updated: 2018-09-30 17:24:15

Callum Smith dwarfed George Groves before and during their World Boxing Super Series final to become part of a new breed of super-middleweight champions, writes Tim Hobbs.

It is ludicrous to suggest that Smith's mere size settled Friday's high-octane argument in Saudi, but in a division that has brought Britain so much success, it did matter.

Smith stands at 6ft 3in, Groves four inches shorter, and from the very first clinch towards the end of the opening round in Jedda, it looked like the challenger would not just step up, but stride his way into the 168lbs elite.

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WBC champion David Benavidez is the shortest of the other recognised belt holders at 6ft 1½in, the IBF holder Jose Uzcategui clocks in 6ft 2in, with the WBO supremo Gilberto Ramirez even taller at 6ft 2½in. And even though WBA regular champion Rocky Fielding was toppled in a round by Smith two years ago, even he hits the 6ft 1in mark.

Tall, rangy with reaches that seem to stretch from corner to corner, there is clearly a new model taking over.

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