George Groves and Carl Froch comment from Liverpool

George Groves

George Groves

George Groves held onto his WBC Silver Super Middleweight title and mandatory position for the World title with a seventh round stoppage of Denis Douglin at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Groves found the American a tricky customer and Douglin had early success, a cut on the bridge of the nose in the third round to Groves appeared to be a cause for concern, but Groves wore Douglin down as the ‘Momma’s Boy’ visibly tired.

A body shot hurt Douglin in the seventh and then a big right hand floored the American with 30 seconds of the round to go and referee Victor Loughlin stepped in with seconds of the round to go.

George Groves: “Paddy gave me 5 out of 10 and I will agree. Fighting a southpaw was different and was what I needed, he was a good fighter, he was good inside and I didn’t want to scrap with him inside.

“Good to get another stoppage and it roll on the big one now. I want to take the quickest route to a World title and that’s the Dirrell fight. I want to be a WC and bring a WT belt to Britain. I’ll be a World champion next year.”

Carl Froch, who stopped Groves in Manchester last November before brutally knocking him out in May at Wembley Stadium, dismissed the Londoner’s performance.

“I think he’s been Cobra’d,” said Froch. “It’s the same with Lucian Bute. He was in there struggling with a Light Middleweight, he was getting caught by shots that at World level would knock him out.

“Let DeGale and Groves fight each other and maybe I will fight the winner, but it’s a mismatch, DeGale beats Groves every day of the week.”