Groves Stops Smith to Defend British and Commonwealth Crowns
George Groves wasted little time in ending the challenge of Paul Smith as the pair met on Saturday night at Wembley Arena.
After a cagey opening round in which no real punches were thrown until the closing seconds, Groves upped the tempo in an instant, catching Smith and sending him to the canvas in the opening minute of the second session.
When the former champion rose to his feet it was clear that he was struggling and one swift combination from Groves was enough for referee Victor Loughlin to call an end to the fight inside the opening minute of the round.
Having seen long-term rival James DeGale deconstruct Liverpudlian Smith over nine rounds a year ago, to win in such devastating fashion will have given the man from Hammersmith no end of pleasure.
Groves may now look to further his case for a world title shot by fighting again before the end of 2011- remaining active will surely give him the best chance of beating DeGale to a global belt.