Carl Froch made sure there wouldn’t be a shred of controversy this time around, knocking out George Groves with a massive right hand in Round 8 to retain his super middleweight championships before 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London.
The stoppage was sudden, emphatic and without any of the controversy that marred the first fight and led to demands for an immediate rematch between the two British-born fighters.
Groves (19-2, 15 KO) did well in the early rounds. He took advantage of an overly cautious Froch (33-2, 24 KO) to land cleanly with his overhand right almost at will. The champion appeared very tentative, almost nervous about his foe’s power, and he didn’t get anything significant going offensively before ceding the first three rounds to the challenger.
Around the fourth round Froch found his way back into the fight. He started shifting his attack to the body more, and those punches seemed to zap a bit of Groves activity and power.
That allowed him to fight on more level ground, and it seemed to be enough for Froch to carry the middle rounds of the fight.
Groves had a nice bounce back round in the seventh, and he seemed to be holding his own in Round 8 when Froch landed a clean right hand near the ropes that scrambled his brains.
The challenger dropped like a rock, his left leg gruesomely twisted underneath him, and referee Charlie Fitch didn’t even bother to make a count.
Unlike the first bout, where Groves was stopped under highly controversial circumstances while leading the fight in Round 9, the right call was clearly made.
Groves was out, and his protestations notwithstanding, he couldn’t even walk back to his corner without stumbling.
It was just a clean ending to a great rivalry, and one where Froch can now decisively and clearly call himself the victor.
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