George Groves turned on the style to drop and stop Uruguayan opponent Noe Gonzalez Alcoba, on the undercard of Carl Froch’s super-middleweight unification rematch against Mikkel Kessler at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night.
Alcoba just couldn’t handle the former British and current Commonwealth champion and shipped some hurtful shots in the first three rounds, he took them well but looked void of ideas. He came back well in the fourth and was willing to trade with the ‘Saint’ and ended the round looking like he might be getting himself into the fight.
But Alcoba’s night was to come to an abrupt end when in round five he walked onto a big chopping right hand from Groves, which crashed off his rivals jaw, sending him to the canvas at 51 seconds of the round. Alcoba bravely got up but unsteady on his legs the referee stopped the fight.
Groves is now undefeated in 19 fights and is on the verge of a world title fight.
Liverpool’s super-middleweight prospect Callum Smith took just 1:25 seconds of round 1 to dispose of Ryan Moore. An impressive selection of shots from Smith punctured Moore’s guard continuously and after hitting the canvas twice the referee waved the fight off giving Smith his 6th professional win and his fourth 1st round win on the bounce.