London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Carl Froch knocked out George Groves with a huge right in the eighth round Saturday at Wembley Stadium to retain the IBF and WBA super middleweight titles.
Groves (19-2, 15 KO) did well in the early rounds, landing his overhand right almost at will.
In the fourth, the 36-year-old Froch (33-2, 24 KO) began dictating the contest from the centre of the ring while able to bully his opponent back into the ropes.
But Groves began landing with regularity in the seventh and continued his assault in the eighth, tagging Froch with punches before slipping out of range.
Following an exchange, Groves backed up to the ropes as Froch sent a big right to the chin.
The challenger dropped like a rock with his left leg twisted underneath him, and referee Charlie Fitch didn’t even bother to count.
Unlike their first bout, where Groves was stopped under highly controversial circumstances while leading the fight in Round 9, the right call was clearly made.
Froch felt this win before an audience of 80,000 was his greatest achievement.
“This is the best moment of my boxing career,” he told Sky Sports Box Office. “I’ve been involved in some magnificent fights with some top world champions but this is by far the biggest and best crowd I’ve boxed in front of, it’s the biggest event I’ve ever been part of and I’m very, very proud.”