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Saint stops Balmaceda in three!

Undefeated George 'The Saint' Groves returned to action in explosive style on Saturday night with a 3rd round KO victory.

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Making his debut under new promotional banner Matcroom Boxing, the Saint wasted little time impressing the Wembley crowd, dropping Argentinian Dario German Balmaceda twice en route to a third round stoppage victory that takes his impressive slate to 17-0 (13KO's). 

Groves set about his task right from the outset, walking his man down and looking to land hurtful shots. Having dominated the opening round, the Saint eventually dropped the Argentinian with a thunderous right to the body towards the end of the second.groves-balmaceda5 Balmaceda survived, largely thanks to the bell, but it wasn't long into the third before Groves nailed his opponent again, landing to the body then to the head to drop Balmaceda for a second time with a short right hand to finish the fight. 

Groves told Sky Sports: "Having a late sub opponent, I knew he was going to be tricky because he was a name I wasn't familiar with, so I had to come out and be on form.

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"I think I came out and did what (trainer) Adam (Booth) asked me. He will criticise me later but I thought it was a pretty good performance.

"I think I have got a world class jab, one of the best in the business and once I use that jab correctly, no one can live with me because I just dictate the fight from there. It is about finding that next step really."

That next step is likely to come on the undercard of the huge Froch v Kessler fight at the O2 on May 25. Groves will provide chief support on the night and is expected to be in a tough match.

"We can't name anything yet. Within the next few weeks we'll see what's available. It has to be a big fight, I need a big fight.

"If we can get a title or an eliminator for a title that's what we'll hope for. At worst it will be a significant fight against a ranked opponent that will bring me on."

The Saint will be hoping to make a big impression as he sets his sights on a world title, potentially against fellow Brit Carl Froch, the reigning IBF champion.

"Carl's a great fighter, we sparred together over the years but we're rivals now," said Groves.

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"There's a possibility a fight could happen sooner rather than later.

"If I can get a few fights [before then] that would be great. It would be awesome if I could win my own title and we could have a unification clash.

"I don't think I'll be sparring with Carl now as we're rivals. I want Carl to beat Kessler. As a Brit I want him to win, and as a friend."

 

Saint stops Balmaceda in three!
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