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Froch knocks out Groves to retain title

Monday, June 02, 2014

LONDON - There was no controversy or arguing over the outcome this time as Carl Froch knocked out George Groves in the eighth round in defence of his two world super-middleweight titles at Wembley Stadium yesterday.

Froch stopped his British rival with a big right hand to retain his International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) belts in front of a record crowd of 80,000.

It was a stunning finish from Froch after a tense eight rounds, with the punch separating Groves from his senses and leaving him on the canvas.

It was Froch's fourth defence of the IBF belt and second defence of the WBA title, in what is his third reign as world champion.

Froch improved to 33 wins and two defeats and he perhaps only has one more fight left before retiring.

That may be against another British fighter James DeGale, who stopped American Brandon Gonzales in the fourth round on the undercard in an eliminator for the IBF belt.

For Groves, a second defeat in his 21st fight leaves a third fight with Froch looking unlikely.

It was not as exciting an encounter as their first one had been until the savage finish from Froch, which nailed Groves to the canvas.

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