Undefeated George 'The Saint' Groves eased to a comfortable second round stoppage win in Germany on Saturday night.
Fighting on the undercard of WBO super-middleweight world champion Arthur Abraham's rematch with former champion Robert Stieglitz in Germany, Groves dominated from the off to record his second quickfire win in the last two weeks.
The Saint controlled the opening session with his jab before finishing the round with a barrage of hurtful shots to the body that clearly troubled Syrian opponent Baker Barakat. And it wasn't long into the second round before Groves had his man down, the referee rightly stepping in to end the contest and award Groves his 18th career win and 14th KO.
Talking after the fight, Groves admitted to being pleased to be fighting regularly:
"I just need to keep busy," Groves said.
"The guy wasn't at the level that I'm used to but I put in a solid performance. I got some good stuff from the time I spent in the ring.
"I want the winner (of Abraham-Stieglitz). I was supposed to fight Stieglitz but had to pull out through injury."
As WBO No.1 Contender Groves should get that fight sooner rather than later, possibly even at his own headline show in September, but first he turns his attentions to a big fight on the undercard of the huge Froch v Kessler fight at the O2 on May 25th. 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."