George 'The Saint' Groves put on a dominant performance to record a near shut out victory against Frenchman Christopher Rebrasse to win the European title at Wembley Arena on Saturday night.
The 26-year-old challenger produced a composed display to earn victory with two scores of 118-110 and 117-111. The win sees Groves pick up the European strap but, more importantly, he is now mandatory challenger for the WBC world title.
Groves admitted he was trying to force a stoppage against Rebrasse, but was pleased with his comeback victory after the two defeats by Froch.
"It’s great to be back on Sky. Rebrasse was a good opponent, tough guy," he told Sky Sports 2. "He took an awful lot of punches. We knew it was going to be tough tonight, we talked about the comedown from the historic last fight. I always say I deal with pressure well, and tonight I’ve got a bit of success to go with it.
"I want to knock people out. I didn’t manage to do it tonight, but I gave it a real good go. I think all the fans here tonight appreciate that, so that’s why they come out to support me.
"I didn’t want to run out of steam. I felt in great condition but you always have to be cautious with a guy who has never been stopped."
Groves now turns his attentions to WBC champion Anthony Dirrell, having become mandatory challenger for his title.
"The clock is ticking on his voluntary," said Groves. "We want to take the quickest route, rather than the easiest.
"He’s been very disrespectful. He’s got his win, he’s the champion and I’ll give him that respect. He says he doesn’t want to come to the UK, but we might make him.
"He says he doesn’t want to fight me, but now he has to. He’s in for a rude awakening."