In a highly anticipated grudge match, IBF and WBA super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (32-2, 23 KOs) scored a controversial, come from behind ninth round TKO over previously unbeaten George “The Saint” Groves (19-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Phones 4u Arena (formerly known as the M.E.N Arena) in Manchester, England.
Groves dropped Froch with a huge right hand in round one and Froch was in big trouble. Groves continued to connect with his right hand in round two. Froch started to connect in round three, cutting Groves over the left eye. Groves continued to push Froch around the ring in the fourth. Froch might have edged the fifth round, but Froch was rocked again by multiple right hands in round six. A desperate Froch did everything he could to rough up Groves in the eighth, getting several warnings from referee Howard Foster. Froch finally hurt Groves in round nine and the bout was quickly waved off by Foster. Groves complained bitterly. At the time of the stoppage, Groves was ahead 78-73, 76-75, 76-75. Official time was 1:33.
“It was a fair enough stoppage,” Froch told Sky Sports. “I felt I had a couple more free shots on him and I was lining him up for the uppercut. He was struggling, that last one or two shots can do great damage in this sport…the referee has to make a split-second decision. It’s the referee’s decision. I don’t have any sympathy for him [Groves], you have to put yourself in the referee’s hands.”
WBA super Bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (27-0-2, 20 KOs) destroyed Diego Silva (29-3-4, 1 5 KOs) in two rounds t0 retain his world title. Quigg dropped Silva in round two with a body shot, then laid him out with a right hook, no count needed. Time was 1:41. Impressive performance for Quigg.
Middleweight contender Andy Lee (31-2, 21 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Ferenc Hafner (21-5, 12 KOs) Lee dropped Hafner in round one with a body shot and put him down again twice in round two. Time was 1:19.
Former IBF bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (22-2-1, 9 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Bernard Inom (22-4-1, 10 KOs).
Lightweight Anthony Crolla (27-4-1, 9 KOs) won when Stephen Foster (31-5-1, 18 KOs) couldn’t continue after round six.
Olympian gold medalist Luke Campbell (4-0, 3 KOs) went the distance for the first time, shutting out Chuck Jones (4-13-2, 0 KOs) over four.
Unbeaten Commonwealth super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding (17-0, 10 KOs) scored a first round annihilation of Luke Blackledge (14-2-2, 5 KOs). Time was 2:32.
Unbeaten super featherweight Stephen Smith (18-1, 11 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over Sergio Medina (39-7-1, 21 KOs).