George Groves vs Fedor Chudinov
On the undercard of Kell Brook's IBF world title defence against unbeaten American, Errol Spence, Hammersmith's George Groves competes in his fourth world title opportunity, against legitimately unbeaten Russian, Fedor Chudinov, at Bramall Lane in Sheffield.
Chudinov starts strongly, as he ploughs forward, begins with a high punch output, he makes it rough for Groves, makes it awkward, as Groves is pressured, backed up against the ropes, though it is not a nightmare start for Groves, as he lands the cleaner punches.
In round 3, Groves suffers a broken jaw, but somehow manages to disregard it, and looks to be taking the lead in the fight as he out lands, out boxes Chudinov, stopping him from applying the same hardcore pressure he put fourth in rounds 1 and 2. Groves puts rounds 3 and 4 in the bag clearly, before standing there and trading blows with Chudinov, in a bloody state, being out worked, but landing the cleaner, sharper punches to perhaps extent his lead in what is a close, competitive round 5.
Suddenly, in round 6, Groves finds a flurry, a barrage of punches, and he hurts Chudinov, shakes him to his boots, and the brave Russian stays on his feet, only to be battered relentlessly for about 20 long seconds, as Groves lets the bombs go, misses nothing, lands less than flush, with nothing, takes nothing back, as Chudinov, on a different planet, standing up on warrior instinct and fitness, as his head is repeatedly jarred back by huge punches from a very aggressive, dangerous George Groves. Steve Gray saves Chudinov for another day, as he sees a defenceless fighter take a concerning amount of punishment.
SkySports pundit, Adam Smith shouts, "Groves has his dream!, finally!", as an over the moon George Groves is overcome with joy after his triumph, as is his promoter, Kalle Saurland, and trainer, Shane McGuigan.
After everything Groves had been through in his career, "the nearly man", the man who kept coming up short in world title fights, Groves was announced the winner, and held not only a WBA belt, but the honour of becoming a world champion.