Errol Spence Jr inflicted Kell Brook's second defeat of his career on Saturday, claiming the IBF welterweight belt in the process. The southpaw dropped Brook for the second time in his career in the 10th round before gaining the stoppage in Round 11 when Brook took a knee because of blurred vision in his left eye and was counted out by referee Howard Foster.
Brook and his promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that a broken left eye socket was suffered. "There's going to be drama in this fight, and I am going to the wire - and the trenches - if I have to, to keep it".
"I know it's a long road back after a loss in a world title fight, I couldn't bear to go through that again", Groves said.
"I'm gutted, devastated that in front of my own fans I've lost my belt".
This was his first defeat in his 37th professional fight as has won the rest, with 25 KOs.
George Groves earlier weighed in 11st 13lbs 6oz for his WBA super-middleweight title fight against Russia's against Fedor Chudinov, who was four ounces lighter.
Thunderous boos filled the stadium as the challenger from Texas, Errol Spence Jr (22-0, 19 KOs), made his way into the ring. The fight between me and Kell Brook is a pay-per-view fight.More news: Ram Temple exists in Ayodhya; needs a grand look: UP minister
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Tonights victor will be in line for major bouts moving forward in the loaded welterweight division against the likes of unified champion Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia, Porter and a host of others. The 27-year-old Texan arrived on these shores with an undefeated record after 21 fights and Sugar Ray Leonard describing him as "the real deal". I think the person with the better game plan is going to win.
"I give myself a B-minus", Spence said. For Brook-Spence, the tide switched virtually every round. But a fight against Thurman, who Spence has been calling out for two years, is the kind of mouth-watering fight that would help fuel the resurgent notion in 2017 that boxing just might be back (more on that below).
Spence was probably the only one who felt that way, though.
Kell Brook (left) in action against Errol Spence. I'm sorry for everyone that came out. A fascinating fight ebbed and flowed one way and then then other, with Spence's speed evident when he landed a right to the jaw.
Brook looked eager to fight on beyond the count, but he failed to get back to his feet in time and the referee ended the contest as Spence claimed the welterweight title having passed the most hard test of his career to date.
"It was a great crowd and I loved it, I used the crowd as a positive energy and used it as motivation to silence everybody".