SAN JOSE, CA — The UK contender George Groves made a memorable second appearance on U.S. soil with a vicious knockout of a game Francisco Sierra last night at the HP Pavilion.
Both fighters had KO on the mind and threw hard power shots in exchanges. The inside warfare resulted in a clash of heads in round three that opened a deep, flowing cut above Groves’ right eye. Sierra did his best work pinning Groves against the ropes and strafing him with power shots. At ring center, Groves was able to score first with fast, compact hook counters inside Sierra’s looping shots.
Groves would end matters in the sixth with a overhand right-left hook combo followed by another right and left hook that dropped Sierra. He beat the count only to run into two more head-snapping right hooks that prompted Sierra’s corner to throw in the towel.
The full fight is available below. For those who are time-compressed, the closing sequence can be viewed a little after the 26-minute mark.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LOrArrNeXE&feature=youtube_gdata_player]