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Who Won The Weekend? Super Sharp Showing Means Callum Smith Snags Top Honors

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There were no mega bouts this weekend, as Showtime and HBO were dark. And speaking of dark, many of us are still wrestling with the news that HBO will be leaving the building, exiting the boxing business. Oct. 27 will be their final HBO Championship Boxing, and so we will all be adjusting to a new reality, a changed landscape which will have the industry leader in the platform department no longer in the mix.

So, the world keeps turning…

And that means so warriors did their thing, showed their mettle and got Ws. Who stood out, who elevated themselves, then? Who Won the Weekend?

And who do you think won the weekend, Kelsey McCarson? “Callum Smith won the weekend by stopping George Groves on Friday in Jeddah for the WBA and Ring Magazine super middleweight championships. Smith’s excellent performance in the World Boxing Super Series revealed his true class as an elite boxer. The 28-year-old from Liverpool is in the prime of his life and on his way to more big fights,” the Texan answered. “I can’t wait to see what he does next.”

Callum Smith won the weekend. His commanding win over George Groves in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia has him firmly at the top of the pile in the 168lb division. Smith, who has had to be patient to fight for a world title, won a strap at the first time of asking,” stated Colin Morrison. “As well as Groves’ WBA “Super” belt the boxer from Liverpool ahe lso won the Ring Magazine title and the Muhammad Ali trophy. The way Smith pounced on a hurt Groves to finish the bout in the 7th round was beautifully ruthless, check it out if you haven’t seen it yet.”

Efe “The One & Only” Ajagba won the weekend,” said Abe Gonzalez. “Last time we saw him, his opponent walked out. This time, Ajagba showed everyone why that may have not been such a bad idea as he finished his opponent with a crushing straight right hand. This is going to be a fighter in the heavyweight division that will demand the big names in another year or two.

“I guess HBO’s competition won. Names like Golovkin, Canelo, Bivol, etc are free agents and bring potential for big dollars,” said young Tom Penney.

“I’m giving it up for Devin Haney,” said David Phillips, when asked Who Won the Weekend? “The kid beat a three time title challenger (JC Burgos) with relative ease, flashing serious skill and athleticism. Not only that, HE promoted the fight. Did I mention he’s a “kid”? I mean, he’s nineteen freaking years old. His performance may have been more solid than spectacular, but you can see the ability, the look, and the personality. I’m keeping an eye on him.”

 

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Editor/publisher Michael Woods became addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the fearsome Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist Woods has covered the sport since then, for ESPN The Magazine, ESPN.com, ESPN New York, RING, and he was editor of TheSweetScience.com from 2007-2015. Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and numerous other organizations.

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