Classy Groves posts convincing win
George Groves continued his march towards a world title shot after dispatching Noe Gonzalez of Uruguay in the fifth round of their super-middleweight clash at London's O2 Arena.
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A straight right hand ended a one-sided contest after 51 seconds of the round with a stunned Gonzalez falling to his knees and slumping forwards and the fight was stopped.
It was an impressive performance by unbeaten Groves, who registered his 15th knockout in 19 fights and was never troubled by the outclassed Gonzalez.
The mismatch was the chief support to Carl Froch's super-middleweight unification showdown with Mikkel Kessler, and Groves has his sights set on his British rival.
"Carl has been a world champion for a long time," the 25-year-old said.
"I understand why people think I'm not ready for him but I'm ranked with all the world governing bodies and there aren't many in front of me. I have an eye on a world title fight in my next fight."
Groves made a faultless start, regularly landing with a stiff jab and several right hands while Gonzalez offered little in return.
The South American, who spent most of the time covering up, continued to look out of his depth as he was wobbled by a left hook that completed a three-shot combination.
Another hard left hook staggered Gonzalez in the fourth and by the fifth it was all over.
Groves softened up his 19th victim by repeatedly landing with his jab before firing the decisive shot.
"I was looking to speed up the right hand because when it lands it causes problems," Groves said.
"I landed the left hook and thought 'this is my chance' and I landed the right.
"I'm only ever really going to be happy with a performance that's perfect and I don't think I'll ever get one of those, but today I was in control from the start.
"I got a bit reckless when I didn't need to but I love a fight. My shots were landing hard and it was a process of wearing him down."