George ‘The Saint’ Groves produced a dominant performance to knock out previously unbeaten David Brophy in the fourth round at the O2 Arena on Saturday night.
The Saint looked sharp from the off, controlling proceedings with his impressive jab. Brophy looked to keep things tight behind a high held guard, but it wasn’t long before Groves connected, a powerful right staggering Brophy back to the ropes.
The Scotsman managed to see out the round, but found himself on the end of more punishment from the jab in round two, before that raking left continued to wreak havoc in round three, as a gash began to open beneath Brophy's right eye.
And the end came soon after the start of the fourth, Brophy stunned by a powerful right to the solar plexus and seemingly already on his way down before a left and right from Groves finished the job.
Brophy failed to beat the count and Groves registered his second win in as many fights since teaming up with new trainer Shane McGuigan.
"Everything we wanted to happen, happened," said Groves.
"I have always been great with my jab - anyone who fights me is up against it from the get-go.
"I hurt Brophy in the first, but he showed guts and strength. I stuck with the game plan and stopped him with a body shot.
"That shows you the power, now I am working with Shane.
"People talk about me like I am past my best, but everyone who says that has an agenda. I am only getting better.
"I will fight absolutely anyone, any day of the week. I truly believe in myself."