Paul Smith is aiming to reclaim his Lonsdale Belt on Saturday night Liverpool boxer Paul Smith insists that George Groves will not have the punching power to frighten him when they meet in London on Saturday night.

Smith, 28, takes on 23-year-old Londoner Groves in a super-middleweight contest at Wembley Arena.

"I don't think he can punch as hard as everyone thinks," said Smith.

"When have we seen a knock-out when he's had a kid out cold? Every stoppage he's had they've been on their feet or gone down and got back up."

He told BBC Radio Merseyside: "I've had 17 knock-outs and, if you look at them, every single one has hit the floor hard.

"They've stayed there while the count has been called and there are paramedics called in straight away.

"The difference in punch power between the two of us is definitely in my favour."

Smith hopes that victory on Saturday night will help to set up a rematch with European champion James DeGale and is confident that he will get the job done against Groves.

"I know I can hit," said Smith. "And I know what will happen when I catch George Groves. I think he knows what's going to happen when I catch him.

"The noises and the sounds he's making before this fight suggest so as well. All he keeps on going on about are the questions I'm going to ask him."

Source: BBC News

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