- George Groves v Denis Douglin
Groves stops Douglin as Joshua impresses again
George Groves successfully defended his WBC silver super-middleweight title and mandatory position for the world title with a seventh round stoppage of Denis Douglin.
Groves was cut on the nose in the third round but floored the American with a big right hand 30 seconds before the seventh bell at Liverpool's Echo Arena.
Groves told Sky Sports: "Paddy [Fitzpatrick, trainer] gave me five out of 10 and I will agree. Fighting a southpaw was different and was what I needed, he was a good fighter, he was good inside and I didn't want to scrap with him inside.
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"It was good to get another stoppage and now I want to roll on to the big one. I want to take the quickest route to a world title and that's the [Anthony] Dirrell fight. I want to be a world champion and bring a world title belt to Britain. I'll be a world champion next year."
Carl Froch, who stopped Groves in Manchester last November before brutally knocking him out in May at Wembley Stadium, dismissed the Londoner's performance.
"I think he's been Cobra'd," Froch told Sky Sports Box Office. "It's the same with Lucian Bute. He was in there struggling with a light-middleweight, he was getting caught by shots that, at world level, would knock him out.
"Let DeGale and Groves fight each other and maybe I will fight the winner, but it's a mismatch. DeGale beats Groves every day of the week."
Anthony Joshua stopped Michael Sprott inside 90 seconds to record his 10th straight victory since turning professional. Sprott started brightly but as soon as Joshua landed a menacing right hand, the challenger was pushed onto the ropes under severe punishment.
Following the fight, promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed Joshua would fight Kevin Johnson at London's O2 Arena on January 31.
"I'm glad to get the year out of the way, it's been a busy one," Joshua said. "He wanted to carry on and so did I. I love this city, these fans are amazing. Kevin Johnson is durable and he's got a lot of experience and quite a lot of mouth, so it should be a fun one."