Groves closes in on world title bout after win

Britain’s George Groves is closing in on a world title fight after retaining his WBA International super-middleweight crown.

Groves dominated German Eduard Gutknecht at London’s Wembley Arena and prevailed on a unanimous points decision, to secure a fourth successive victory.

The win puts Groves – who lost world title bouts against former champion Carl Froch – on course to compete for the vacant WBA super-middleweight title.

"I am very happy with how I fought, it went exactly to plan," Groves told Channel 5.

“I set a great tempo and busted him up badly. I am surprised he made it to the bell – Gutknecht is a tough character.

"We want real, big, proper fights. There was no world title on the line, but we knew Gutknecht was going to give me a tough fight.

“It will push me on for a world title fight and, ideally, I would love a rematch with Badou Jack."

Groves rocked Gutknecht with a couple of blows to the head in the fourth and opened up a cut above his right eye in the 10th, but the 34-year-old hung on to last the distance.