Errol Spence Jnr is the new IBF welterweight champion after an 11th round stoppage of Kell Brook in the British fighter’s hometown.
Spence was ahead on the scorecard of all three judges, before the referee brought the bout to a halt in the 11th round after Brook succumbed to an eye injury.
It was a slick display from Spence, in Sheffield, after he consistently worried Brook with body shots and survived a flurry of punches from the former champion in the sixth round.
— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) May 27, 2017
After Brook’s left eye was opened up in the seventh, Spence moved into the ascendancy, before the referee ultimately intervened.
"I give myself a B-," Spence told Sky Sports.
"I was a little bit off with my offence and defence, but I give Kell a lot of credit. This is what true champions do. You go anywhere to fight.
"He's a true champion and I wanted to fight him. He's tricky fighter and an awkward. He's also a strong fighter who can punch."
We done it! pic.twitter.com/jJL9O3qxTe
— George Groves (@StGeorgeGroves) May 27, 2017
George Groves also became a world champion earlier in the night after the British fighter stopped Fedor Chudinov to take the vacant WBA ‘super’ super-middleweight belt.
It was Groves’ fourth shot at a world title and his perseverance ultimately paid off after a barrage of punches in the sixth round prompted the referee to calt a halt to the bout.
“I feel like I'm the best in the division – I'm willing and ready to fight anyone,” said Groves.
"He caught me with some good right hooks – one actually stung quite a bit. But I found my feet – I can put those losses to bed now, get on with my life and hopefully go onto better things."