George Groves finally became a World Champion, at the fourth time of asking, when he stopped Russia’s Fedor Chudinov in the sixth round of their fight for the vacant WBA World Super Middleweight Title at Bramall Lane in Sheffield.
Prior to this fight Groves had lost all three world title bouts he had contested in his career. Two of those title fights came against his domestic rival, Carl Froch, and the third came against in 2015 when he faced Badou Jack in Las Vegas.
However, since his loss to Jack, George Groves has bounced back into a great run of form — securing five wins on the trot and a world title.
In the opening round, Chudinov had the upper hand, keeping Groves in check with some bludgeoning right hands.
In the second outing, Groves remained on the back foot. However, he was able to find some success by landing a number of clean counter punches.
Moving into the third, Chudinov continued to pile on the pressure and was relentless in his stalking of Groves — who seemed unable to keep the Russian at bay.
In the fourth round, an accidental clash of heads left Groves with a cut over his left eye. Bleeding from the cut was impairing Groves’ ability to see, but it was also forcing the Hammersmith native to increase his work rate. As a result, Groves started to find success working the body and landing clean right hands as Chudinov continued to come forward.
As round five progressed, the fight began to build some real momentum as both men went toe to toe, trading power punches.
In round six, Groves launched a massive attack, unloading countless power shots, leaving Chudinov stunned and unable to return fire. Eventually, with just over a minute left in round six, referee, Steve Gray, waved the fight off.