Britain’s George Groves made a successful return to action following a duo of world title defeats to Carl Froch by ripping the European super-middleweight belt from Christopher Rebrasse.
The 26 year-old from Hammersmith out-fought the durable Frenchman for the majority of the contest, throwing almost 1000 punches in front of an adoring crowd at Wembley Arena in London.
Groves gave everything he had to please the home fans and take round after round, but just could not get Rebrasse out of there as the champion took the best ‘The Saint’ had to offer and stayed the course until the end.
After twelve rounds, the judges carded 118-110 twice and 117-111 in favour of Groves, who now boasts a record of 20-2, with 15 KO’s and can look forward to another championship opportunity in 2015.
With the victory, Groves picked up the WBC silver super-middleweight title and is now the mandatory challenger to current green belt holder Anthony Dirrell as stipulated by the World Boxing Council.
Opponent Rebrasse, 28, suffered his third loss in a rather uneventful 28-fight career until this weekend, although has now proven that he can live at world level and will be able to come again in the future given his relatively young age.
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