George Groves kept his unbeaten record intact and impressed an
American audience with a stunning stoppage of Mexico's Francisco
Sierra but once again his September clash with Kenny Anderson is in
"The Saint" sustained a bad laceration above his right eye
following a coming together of heads in the third round and
although he continued to battle through the blood, his much talked
about British title rematch with Anderson now hangs in the
The pair met originally in November 2010 with Anderson being
controversially stopped in the sixth after rocking and dropping
Groves three rounds earlier.
An obvious return has been on the cards for some time, but, for
one reason or another, has failed to materialise.
Despite the September 14 date being less than seven weeks away,
it was clear from the opening bell that Groves wasn't in with a guy
he could merely mark time against.
Sierra, 24, had mixed it with the likes of Edison Miranda and
Thomas Oosthuizen and even snapped the unbeaten records of rising
prospects Don George and Rogelio Ruvalcaba so had a point to
In the early stages Groves, now 15 - 0 (12 KOs), had to often
take a shot to land one and it looked like being a long evening for
the Hammersmith man.
Indeed, even once Groves had established his rhythm, the wide
shouldered Mexican was still managing to have the odd moment of
success with his right hook.
After the clash of heads in the third, the Englishman stepped up
a gear. Where many fighters nursing a bad laceration would go into
their shell, Groves upped the pace and began to tee off in the
centre of the ring.
And soon a right hand made Sierra's legs stiffen.
By the fifth round Sierra's attacks had become predictable. His
jab was often slow moving out and Groves was able to slip and
counter it with increasing ease.
The end came at 2.15 of the sixth. A right followed a pair of
beautiful lefts detonated on the sweet spot and Sierra crashed
backwards onto the canvas.
Although the Mexican bravely got back to his feet, the end
looked nigh and Groves stemmed in a hefty right hand over the top
which made the Mexican's head rock back. As soon as "The Saint"
moved in for the finish, Sierra's corner tossed in the towel.