George 'The Saint' Groves stopped unbeaten Scot Kenny Anderson in six rounds in a thrilling contest at the M.E.N. Arena on Saturday night.
Recovering from a knockdown in the third round, Groves rallied to turn the fight in his favour and force a stoppage after two minutes and 35 seconds of the sixth round. It was an incredible display of heart and courage from The Saint in what was the bout of the night on the huge Sky Box Office 'Best of Enemies' bill.
Afterwards Groves told Sky Box Office: "It was very tough - we knew Kenny Anderson would be the best fighter I've ever faced. He's a live opponent, he's hungry and he came to win. I felt a bit jaded - I was supposed to fight a couple of weeks ago so I had to prolong my training and I felt a little jaded."
Of the knockdown Groves said: "I don't think it was too much of a crisis. He caught me and it was a good shot. I felt calm and composed and I just had to get back to my boxing. I didn't quite stick to the gameplan but I showed I could outstrength a strong man and come back for the win.
"I knew if I kept the body shots going I'd get the stoppage. When he dropped his hands I just changed the attack from body to head and the ref stepped in."
Groves' trainer Adam Booth meanwhile admitted: "George caught him with a shot early and started slugging with a slugger. George's cojones are a a little big at times. He likes having a trade-up. He's got to learn to stick to a gameplan, just like David Haye did against Carl Thompson. He learned the hard way.
"The important thing is he goes away and learns the lesson."
Groves now moves to 11-0 and is in line to face the winner of the December 11th clash between his bitter rival James DeGale and British champion Paul Smith.