Commonwealth Super-middleweight champion George ‘The Saint’ Groves claimed a second victory over bitter rival James DeGale to be crowned British champion at a packed O2 Arena in London.
Boxing fluently off the back foot, Groves landed continuously with his excellent jab and was able to tag DeGale with the straight right on numerous occasions in a superb display of controlled boxing.
Many experts had picked DeGale to win ahead of the grudge match, but it was Groves who was again the better man on the night in a bout that lived up to the hype and thrilled the Hammersmith man’s huge following.
Just as in their famous amateur bout, Groves claimed a majority decision with judge Richie Davies calling it a 115-115 draw, whilst Dave Parris and John Kean both awarded it to Groves 115-114.
“Everyone was raving about him. Only two favoured me in a boxing news poll, but I have self belief,” Groves said after the fight.
“It feels good. I knew I’d won. I knew I’d done enough.”
He added: “I showed that he can't beat me. I can't lose. I will not let anyone beat me. That's what I've got inside. I will always find an answer.
”No disrespect to James DeGale, I've trash-talked him far too much. He's a tremendous fighter.
"I've proved I can mix it with great fighters in Britain and I'm ready to move on now to bigger and better things.
"There was a tremendous support here. I can't believe how many people are here at the O2. And I really appreciate that.
"The fans that have come to support, the people that have tuned in at home and given me messages, it's what really feeds me and helps me to be the fighter I am."