George ‘The Saint’ Groves dropped a split decision after a spirited challenge for Badou Jack's WBC world super-middleweight title in Las Vegas on Saturday night.
Fighting on the undercard of pound for pound number 1 Floyd Mayweather's final fight, it was the Mayweather promoted fighter, Badou Jack, who won a close decision on the judges scorecards at the MGM Grand.
The 27-year-old from Hammersmith survived a first-round knockdown and rallied to take control in the middle rounds before a close finish in Jack’s first defense of the WBC super middleweight title. Two ringside judges scored it to Jack by scores of 116-111 and 115-112, while a third had it 114-113 to the Saint.
“I thought I won the fight decisively, all credit to him though scoring the knockdown in the first round,” Groves said.
“I thought I controlled the fight with my jab and that I was in control throughout, though it appeared closer to the judges.
“I am going to take some time to work out what’s next. Losing a world title fight is the worst feeling in the world.”