George 'The Saint' Groves took just seven rounds to see off the challenge of American Denis Douglin at Liverpool's Echo Arena on Saturday night.
Groves found the American a tricky customer and Douglin had early success, a cut on the bridge of the nose in the third round to Groves appeared to be a cause for concern, but Groves wore Douglin down as the ‘Momma’s Boy’ visibly tired.
A body shot hurt Douglin in the seventh and then a big right hand floored the American with 30 seconds of the round to go before referee Victor Loughlin stepped in.
Groves said: “Paddy gave me 5 out of 10 and I will agree. Fighting a southpaw was different and was what I needed, he was a good fighter, he was good inside and I didn't want to scrap with him inside.
“Good to get another stoppage and it's roll on the big one now. I want to take the quickest route to a World title and that's the Dirrell fight.
"I want to be a World Champion and bring a World title belt to Britain. I'll be a World champion next year."
George Groves talks to IFLTV following his seventh round victory over Denis Douglin at Liverpool's Echo Arena on Saturday night.
Ratings - World: 7/975
Ratings - British: 2/65
Residence: London, UK
Won: 21 (KO16)†