Froch v Kessler: George Groves still aiming for perfection after stoppage success
George Groves is hoping to get a shot at a world title after taking out Noe Gonzalez inside five rounds at the O2.
Last Updated: 26/05/13 8:46pm
The British super-middleweight always looked to have too much for a South American opponent who had previously challenged for a world title and had only been beaten twice before in his career.
Groves was well on top by the time he put an end to the bout with a superb right hand down the middle that left the referee with little option but to wave it off, though Gonzalez did get up from the canvas to beat the count.
"I'm only ever really happy with a perfect performance, and I don't think I'll ever get one of them. I'm always concentrating on how I can improve," he told Sky Sports.
"Today I think I controlled him from the start. The only mistake I made was trading a little bit recklessly when I didn't need to. At the same time, I love to fight. As much as I try not to, it always seems to come out - I can't hide it.
"The shots were landing hard; it was a process of wearing him down. I knew he wouldn't be able to cope with those shots.
"A few times he showed signs of weakness, but I tried to be patient. I got the sweet shot and put him away."
The 19th straight win of Groves' career pushes him a little closer to a world title and the Londoner admits he feels ready to step up and take on one of the champions - including compatriot Carl Froch.
"People like Carl Froch are world champions and have been so for a long time. I understand why people think I'm not quite there," he added.
"But I'm ranked no 1 in the WBO, two in the WBA and three in the WBC, so they're not that many guys in front of me. And when they are put in front of me, I put guys to sleep.
"With Eddie's (promoter Hearn) help, I'm sure he'll deliver a world title. I think I'm ready, I know I'm ready."