Groves glides past Ghanaian
Londoner demands DeGale showdown after knockout win
Last Updated: 04/05/11 12:00pm
Groves: Easy night
Unbeaten Commonwealth middleweight champion George Groves moved a step closer to securing a mouth-watering showdown with James DeGale after easing to victory over Daniel Adotey Allotey.
"The fight has to happen. I have been speaking with James' people on a daily basis and we are very close to making an announcement."
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The hard-hitting Londoner needed less than four rounds to dispose of the awkward Ghanaian at the Huddersfield Leisure Centre on Saturday night.
The difference in class between the two fighters was evident from the first round, and Groves made it 12 professional wins from 12 with a knockout blow in round four.
After a scrappy and largely uneventful opening round, Groves landed his shots in the second, a right hand over the top causing Allotey noticeable discomfort.
The ungainly Ghanaian was beginning to feel the weight of Groves' punches and the Londoner finished the third round with a crisp left jab which sent Allotey's head snapping back.
And it came as no surprise when Groves claimed the knockout victory in round four. After sending Allotey tumbling with another powerful right hand, the Ghanaian sheepishly survived the referee's 10 count.
However, the inevitable victory was sealed just seconds later when Groves landed another thundering right hand.
Speaking after the fight, Groves called on Olympic champion DeGale and his camp to make a British super middleweight title showdown happen.
He told Sky Sports: "I'm very happy. I was aiming to put a few things I have been working on in the gym into the ring. It was the perfect opponent, very awkward, very gangly, long arms, very strong, exactly what we needed and I'm very happy.
"It would have been stupid not to get a southpaw in with the James DeGale fight coming up.
"(When it happens) It will be a Groves win. Whether it comes by knockout or points, I don't really care. He knows that I've got his number and he's going to struggle to sleep in the preparation for this fight because he is going to have to be on his brain all the time."
Trainer Adam Booth added: "The fight has to happen. I have been speaking with James' people on a daily basis and we are very close to making an announcement."