George Groves stops Fedor Chudinov in six, claims WBA title

George Groves became world super-middleweight champion at the fourth time of asking in spectacular fashion with an enthralling victory over Fedor Chudinov.

Both fighters went hell for leather from the opening bell in a ding-dong battle but Groves eventually wore down the solid Russian who had barely moved from the Londoner’s punches in the first five rounds.

A shuddering blow in the sixth started things off, and as Groves smelt blood, ‘The Saint’ was relentless in finishing the job.

Referee Steve Gray had no choice but to call the fight off with Chudinov on his feet as the ex-title holder just wouldn’t go down.

Groves could now be in line for a rematch with James DeGale which would see the big rivals each bring a belt to the table.

Earlier,  Dave Allen’s dream of becoming Commonwealth champion was shattered as he lost a split decision to Lenroy Thomas.

It was a close fight, with Allen starting the faster, ultimately the fight was lost towards the later rounds with the Jamaican landing cleaner shots.

Going the scorecard, the judges scored the contest 115-114 twice and 113-115 in favour of Thomas.

New Matchroom signing Jamie Cox made it a successful debut to extend his unbeaten run to 22-0 as he defeated Lewis Taylor.

Referee Steve Gray intervened in round 9 due to an accidental head clash.

The Swindon man captured the vacant WBA continental super-middleweight title as it got took the scorecards. The judges scored the contest 88-83, 88-83 and 87-84.Eddie Hearn has announced Cox will fight Rocky Fielding next for the British title.

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