George Groves insists his KO defeat against Carl Froch was nothing compared to the agony of he endured during his win against Chris Eubank Jr

GEORGE GROVES suffered one of the most brutal KOs in British boxing history — but nothing compares to the pain he went through to defend his title on Friday night.

The Saint puts his WBA super-middleweight strap on the line against Callum Smith in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

 George Groves is defending his WBA super-middleweight title against Callum Smith

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George Groves is defending his WBA super-middleweight title against Callum Smith
 Groves dislocated his left shoulder in his last fight as he outpointed Chris Eubank Jr

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Groves dislocated his left shoulder in his last fight as he outpointed Chris Eubank Jr

But Groves goes into the final of the World Boxing Super Series against all odds after suffering a gruesome left shoulder dislocation in his semi-final win over Chris Eubank Jr in February.

The physical agony from surgery and rehab was worse than anything Groves had faced, including the Carl Froch right-hander that flattened him at Wembley in 2014.

The Hammersmith man, who became a world champion after three failed attempts, revealed: “Physically, the shoulder injury was harder than those defeats. It has been agony.

“I did walk a tightrope of thinking ‘can I be bothered?’

 Groves reacts after beating Eubank in the World Boxing Super Series semi-final in February

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Groves reacts after beating Eubank in the World Boxing Super Series semi-final in February
 Groves, 30, suffered a brutal knockout at the hands of Carl Froch at Wembley in 2014

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Groves, 30, suffered a brutal knockout at the hands of Carl Froch at Wembley in 2014

“Then you snap out of it. I thought ‘don’t be so ignorant, you have a gift, why turn your back on the tournament’.

“Then the next day you think ‘I am not getting beat just because I’m injured’. It has been a dogged time rehabbing, the hardest thing I’ve had to do.

“Seeing the chiropractor, the osteopath, the surgeon, was not easy. Then looking in the mirror and seeing your shoulder is one fifth of the size it was going into the fight… ”

But Groves, 30, warned: “I have not done all of this to go through the motions, I will be just as good as I was before, if not better.

 Groves is looking to inflict a first professional defeat on Liverpudlian Smith

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Groves is looking to inflict a first professional defeat on Liverpudlian Smith

“I could not say I lost because of the shoulder, I wouldn’t even want to listen to myself using that excuse so who else would?”

Scouse challenger Smith, 28, is a 6ft 3in giant in the 168lb division.

But the hours under the knife, staring in the mirror at his shrivelled left arm and rebuilding his tattooed body have instilled a spiteful edge in Groves that could decide the fight.

He said: “I don’t want ­anyone else to win this ­trophy. I am back to feeling like an athlete.

“Now I feel like a nasty ­person again and I want to have a fight.”

George Groves takes on Callum Smith in the final of the Super-Middleweight World Boxing Super Series live on ITV Box Office

GEORGE GROVES suffered one of the most brutal KOs in British boxing history — but nothing compares to the pain he went through to defend his title on Friday night.