Carl Froch settled his rivalry with George Groves in brutal fashion as he knocked his bitter enemy out cold with a crunching right hand in their record-breaking Wembley Stadium rematch on Saturday.
Froch infamously won their first meeting in Manchester last November, recovering from a first-round knockdown and terrible start to stop Groves controversially in the ninth round.
He once again retained his IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles and answered any remaining questions with a breathtaking eighth-round punch which knocked Groves out in front of 80,000 baying fans.
The nature of the first fight’s ending only fuelled animosity between the pair and served to hype the rematch into a sell-out at the national stadium.
Among that impressive crowd were the likes of Frank Bruno, Amir Khan, David Haye and Joe Calzaghe plus other sports stars and celebrities such as Wayne Rooney and Gordon Ramsay.
Unlike their first encounter, Hammersmith’s Groves just about edged it in terms of support as his fans slightly drowned out Nottingham native Froch’s.
Froch, 36, brought a record of 32 wins and two defeats to the ring, with 23 knockouts, compared with Groves’ 19-1 (15KOs).
Groves had weighed in over a pound lighter than Froch on Friday despite being naturally bigger, suggesting he may have weakened himself by losing too much poundage too quickly.