Carl Froch reasserted his position as Britain's top super middleweight and probably Britain's best active fighter with a devastating one-punch KO of George Groves in Round 8 of their big-money rematch.
After the controversy of their previous encounter, this fight came to an incontestable conclusion with Groves in very bad shape on the canvas—he was later given oxygen to aid his recovery and thankfully seemed to recover his senses soon after that.
It was a much cagier fight than the first affair with both boxers respectful of the power in the other's fists. That made the abrupt conclusion all the more shocking, as neither fighter had come anywhere close to being stopped in the previous seven rounds.
This writer had the fight scored 68-67, just one point in favour of Froch going into the decisive round, which Groves was actually winning prior to the KO blow. Those numbers are based on Froch winning three rounds, Groves taking two, with two rounds even.
After the fight, Carl Froch, 36, restated his desire to fight in Las Vegas before retiring from the sport. The most likely opponent for him in America's fight capital is the popular but limited Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in a matchup that should guarantee fans good action.
The night could not have gone much worse for George Groves who was largely unable to replicate his success from the first fight before ending up in a gruesome heap on the mat, his left leg twisted back unnaturally.
At the age of 26, Groves can certainly come again, but as discussed by Kevin McRae, this will be a difficult defeat to recover from, particularly psychologically.
Here are the top takeaways from a record-breaking bout at Wembley Stadium.