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Froch v Groves II

  • Joshua started the night off with a bang...

    5/31/2014 5:41:27 PM
  • YOUR REACTION [twitter]



    5/31/2014 5:43:02 PM
  • THRILLING START
    As expected, Joshua delivered a knockout start to the night. Few fancied Legg to get through the first - but he attacked with gusto early on. 

    Next up, Jamie McDonnell takes on Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat for the vacant WBA bantamweight title...
    5/31/2014 5:48:45 PM
  • McDonnell spoke to us at the weigh in and he's confident of getting his hands back on a world title belt tonight

    5/31/2014 5:49:17 PM
  • McDONNELL DESERVES SHOT
    Johnny Nelson [johnny-nelson] says McDonnell deserves another crack at the world belt after being stripped of it last year - and backed him to deliver. 

    We all felt he was hard done by when he lost the IBF bantamweight title last year and anyone with a bit of common sense will have felt it unjust and unfair.

    5/31/2014 5:53:46 PM
  • Joshua is happy enough after the first-round KO. "It's brilliant to fight at Wembley on a night like this," he's just told us. "It's a small ring and I knew I could land on him."

    5/31/2014 5:54:19 PM
  • Jamie McDonnell's second world title chance is here....

    5/31/2014 5:56:02 PM
  • [round-1]McDONNELL V NA RACHAWAT - ROUND ONE
     The bell sounds and we're underway. It's a careful, watchful start from both men, McDonnell testing his opponent with a couple of left jabs. The Thai fighter is holding the centre of the ring but McDonnell is working around him nicely and doing the bulk of the work in the first. A short right as Na Rachawat comes forward stops him in his tracks and his straight left jab is keeping his opponent at bay. There's a short stoppage as McDonnell puts his mouth guard back in but he's soon back to work to finish the round the busier of the two. 

    5/31/2014 5:58:19 PM
  • [round-2]McDONNELL V NA RACHAWAT - ROUND TWO 
    Na Rachawat starts the second at a lightning pace, a real contrast to his tentative opening. He's chasing McDonnell all around the ring, leading with his right, then his left, desperate to get in close and work the Doncaster man's body. And every time he does there's a cheer and round of applause from his corner. McDonnell tries to back off his opponent with a couple of short rights but he's having to work hard to his opponent's onslaught. The second round a real contrast to the first. 
    5/31/2014 6:02:19 PM
  • [round-3]McDONNELL V NA RACHAWAT - ROUND THREE
    There's a delay to third as Na Rachawat's corner have to clear up some surplus water but the Thai fighter picks up where he left off, coming forward, looking to work the body with hooks at close range. McDonnell responds with a stiff right to the body of his own but it does little to slow his opponent. An upper cut gets through from McDonnell but he's got a cut above his left eye and has been taking a lot more punishment in the past two rounds. McDonnell, up against the ropes knows he's in a fight here. 
    5/31/2014 6:06:33 PM
  • As the fighters take a breather from this bruising encounter, listen to Sky Sports News Radio's report of Anthony Joshua's win earlier.

    5/31/2014 6:07:00 PM
  • [round-4] McDONNELL V NA RACHAWAT - ROUND FOUR
    Na Rachawat again charges forward and immediately drives McDonnell back onto the ropes. A couple of nice combos to the head from McDonnell earn him some breathing space but Na Rachawat is showing an incredible enthusiasm for this and again leans in to deliver a barrage to the Brit's body. A right upper cut from McDonnell hurts his opponent and another couple of shots with right mean McDonnell finishes the round on a high. How long can Na Rachawat maintain this tempo for - and how much longer can McDonnell fend off those blows to the body?
    5/31/2014 6:09:34 PM
  • [round-5]McDONNELL V NA RACHAWAT - ROUND FIVE
    Boom - a right hand to the body from Na Rachawat pounds into McDonnell's ribs and the Doncaster man puffs out a painful wince. McDonnell, again on the ropes, keeps his defence as tight as he can as his Thai opponent looks to work the body. A left gets through though and that mark on McDonnell's eye is reddening the left side of his face. A one-two to the head from McDonnell followed by some evasion brings the end of the round. [round-5]
    5/31/2014 6:14:47 PM
  • [round-6]McDONNELL V NA RACHAWAT - ROUND SIX
    Another delay due to the tardy red corner - but there's nothing slow or sloppy about Na Rachawat's performance here. Very little was known about him going into the bout - his 52 wins from 54 fights being mainly held in his homeland - but he's put on a show here. McDonnell uses a short right, left and then his shoulder to try to free himself from the ropes once more and then slivers away when Na Rachawat tries to pin him to the red corner. Another combo to the body has the Thai's corner clapping but McDonnell responds in style with a right, left and then right to he head. That's some encouragement for the Brit and as the bell sounds he has cause for optimism. [round-6]
    5/31/2014 6:19:02 PM
  • [round-7]McDONNELL V NA RACHAWAT - ROUND SEVEN
    As the fight moves into the second half McDonnell unleashes a volley upstairs. There are perhaps signs that the Thai fighter is slowing down a touch, as a right then left from McDonnell land. The Brit is finding it easier to respond when pushed back now and the intensity of the pressure from Na Rachawat isn't quite what it was. A short left to the side of the head looks impressive but seems to have little effect on Na Rachawat - and the Thai raises his arms as he walks back to his corner. He seems happy with his work so far! [round-7]
    5/31/2014 6:23:17 PM
  • [round-8] McDONNELL v NA RACHAWAT - ROUND EIGHT
    A couple of rights upstairs from McDonnell look good put Na Rachawat's corner is cheering again as their man charges in to work the body again. A looping left from McDonnell lands on Na Rachawat's head and a shot to the body pounds the ribs. There's good signs from McDonnell as he goes to work, leading with a left jab and then coming over the top with a couple of rights. 
    5/31/2014 6:27:35 PM
  • McDONNELL V NA RACHAWAT - ROUND NINE [round-9]
    The Thai fighter has his heads through the ropes early on as McDonnell slips his assault and the Doncaster man is working well behind his jab once more, landing a succession of stiff left shots to hault his opponent's relentless pressing. Na Rachawat again comes in close but McDonnell lands a right to the head and a left around the side either side of receiving a left to the body. He's having some success up close too. 

    5/31/2014 6:31:07 PM
  • Na Rachawat is still full of energy...

    5/31/2014 6:34:21 PM
  • McDONNELL V NA RACHAWAT - ROUND TEN [round-10]
    McDonnel dips under a jumping left from Na Rachawat and then wins an exchange in the centre of the ring with a left getting through. McDonnell stumbles during another close-range combat, but the Brit is ok. KNOCKDOWN! A superb left hook from McDonnell sends Na Rachawat to the canvas! The Thai's legs turned to jelly. 
    5/31/2014 6:34:35 PM
  • McDONNELL WINS THE WORLD TITLE!
    Na Rachawat was working in close again but McDonnell caught him with a left right on the chin. A stunning finish and there was no way he was beating the count! What a way to do it! [ko]
    5/31/2014 6:35:48 PM
  • AND THE NEW.....!!
    Jamie McDonnell had to work for that but he's now the new WBA banatamweight champion  - and a two-time champion of the world! [jamie-mcdonnell]
    5/31/2014 6:38:32 PM
  • GROVES GAINING SUPPORT[info]
    Online bookmaker Sky Bet report a fairly one-sided book, and it's in 5/4 underdog Groves' favour. Froch is the 4/6 favourite but punters are eyeing up the value in the challenger. You can read our full breakdown of the betting trends here and have a punt on the main event here.
    5/31/2014 6:38:50 PM
  • YOUR REACTION [twitter]



    5/31/2014 6:40:50 PM
  • WOW
    What  a contest that was. Na Rachawat looking good for the win with his relentless pace - but McDonnell landed an absolute beauty to end it - and become Britain's fourth world champ! 
    5/31/2014 6:41:51 PM
  • EXCITEMENT BUILDS AHEAD OF THE BIG ONE... [twitter]


    5/31/2014 6:44:05 PM
  • MCDONNELL REACTION
    Let's grab a quick ringside word from Jamie McDonnell...
    Fantastic support tonight. It was brilliant; I felt at ease in there. I kept picking at him and poking but give the kid credit, he kept coming. I surprised myself at the end but that's my work done early. I could feel the first cut dripping into my eye - I thought it might have caused me a few problems but I just used my legs and got out of danger. This title means everything. I'm back on track and I'm sure I can get a unification fight - stick me in the ring with anyone.
    5/31/2014 6:44:28 PM
  • A MAN FAMILIAR WITH WEMBLEY... [twitter]
    5/31/2014 6:45:03 PM
  • NEXT UP...
    The action is coming thick and fast and next into the ring is Kevin Mitchell and Ghislain Maduma. 

    This lightweight contest was due to be a final eliminator for the IBF crown, however Mitchell had problems with his weight earlier today after putting on 12lbs over night. Read all about it here. 

    [kevin-mitchell]
    5/31/2014 6:46:49 PM
  • Here's Sky Sports News Radio's Ringside Report after Jamie McDonnell's win...

    5/31/2014 6:47:46 PM
  • PUNDIT REACTION [glenn-mccrory]
    Glenn McCrory was pretty impressed by Jamie McDonell:
    You've got to congratulate him because he's had a tough 12 months, getting stripped of that title. He's been in the doldrums a little bit but he's come back fighting. It looked like it was going to get tough from the second round - Rachawat was piling on the pressure - but Jamie kept his head.

    5/31/2014 6:48:09 PM
  • BOOK THE FIGHT
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    5/31/2014 6:49:35 PM
  • Here's what Kevin Mitchell told us at the pre-fight press conference...

    5/31/2014 6:50:47 PM
  • Jamie McDonnell is a world champion again...

    5/31/2014 6:53:25 PM
  • MITCHELL V MADUMA - ROUND ONE [round-1]
    Dagenham boy Mitchell has to weather some early barrages from his opponent. Maduma is 16-0 with 10kos and a very dangerous opponent. A fierce combination ends with a left to the body from Maduma before Mitchell responds with a left of his own and smartly ducks under a wide right. Maduma tries a couple of times to come in behind his left jab but Mitchell sees out the round without sustaining any major damage. 
    5/31/2014 6:54:22 PM
  • MITCHELL V MADUMA - ROUND TWO [round-2]
    An opening left from Mitchell is met with a fierce response. Both these men look to be packing real power and are wary of over-committing. A left from Maduma forces Mitchell to step back but the local lad comes forward a again with a couple of jabs. The fight is yet to really kick off yet, with only a couple of flurries from each man at a time. 
    5/31/2014 6:58:19 PM
  • MITCHELL V MADUMA - ROUND THREE [round-3]
    A wild flurry from both men at the start of the third draws oos from the crowd before Maduma pursues Mitchell across the canvas, swinging rights. Mitchell's movement keeps him out of range though and a short left hook lands on the Montreal fighter. Maduma comes back with another threatening volley and catches Mitchell on the jaw as he charges in again. A leading right then couple of lefts from Maduma causes Mitchell problems as the bell sounds. 
    5/31/2014 7:02:04 PM
  • GROVES IS IN THE BUILDING! 
    As the big screen shows Groves arriving at Wembley there's a mixture of cheers and jeers in the crowd - they can't wait for the big one to get underway!! 
    5/31/2014 7:03:06 PM
  • MITCHELL V MADUMA -- ROUND FOUR [round-4]
    Maduma's right fist booms into Mitchell the Dagenham boxer has to go on the retreat. A close exchange sees Maduma try to work the body but Mitchell's defence is good and he gets out of there. Maduma is throwing jabs with real intent but often falling short of his target; Mitchell's movement is very impressive. He had nowhere to go there, though, as he backs onto the ropes and takes a left to the body. Another barrage in the corner follows and Mitchell is bobbing, weaving, ducking and doing anything he can to avoid Maduma's barrage. 
    5/31/2014 7:06:49 PM
  • MITCHELL V MADUMA - ROUND FIVE [round-5] 
    A shuddering exchange ends with a left from Mitchell landing flush on Maduma's head. The Canadian looked momentarily stunned by that, but is soon back to work, dominating the centre of the ring, prowling after Mitchell and trying to land another fierce left jab. Mitchell charges in wildly but misses his target and gets a right to the side of the head on the way through. Maduma follows that with another powerful blow upstairs which wins the applause of his corner. Mitchell took some punishment in that one. 
    5/31/2014 7:10:03 PM
  • SCOTT QUIGG’S VIEW[scott-quigg]
    WBA Super Bantamweight champion Scott Quigg has been speaking to Sky Bet’s Jamie Casey about Unfinished Business, while he also gives the latest developments on his own career.

    Bet on Froch v Groves II here
    5/31/2014 7:11:03 PM
  • Wembly is filling up fast...

    5/31/2014 7:12:54 PM
  • MITCHELL V MADUMA - ROUND SIX [round-6]
    From ringside the thud each time Maduma unleashes is staggering but Mitchell looks in good shape and storms forward to unload a right and left to the head. Maduma rolls out some neat combinations in the neutral corner before holding on. A left lands on Mitchell's jaw though and the Dagenham man frantically musters a counter. A powerful left from Maduma thuds into Mitchell's glove right on the bell. Mitchell withstanding Maduma's attacks but may need to impress the judges in the next couple of rounds to stay in this one. 
    5/31/2014 7:14:49 PM
  • MITCHELL V MADUMA - ROUND SEVEN [round-7]
    Mitchell sways under a left hook before a grapple in the middle of the ring. Mitchell misses with a left uppercut before beating Maduma to the jab after a stand-off Mitchell's camp are on their feet calling on their man to go forward - have they spotted a problem for Maduma? It seems so, but the Canadian hears the bell and looks pretty composed as he heads back to his corner. 
    5/31/2014 7:18:09 PM
  • THE GLOVES ARE OFF - FROCH AND GROVES
    Warm up for the big fight by listening to The Gloves Are Off with Carl Froch and George Groves on Sky Sports News Radio - it starts at 8.30pm. Tune in here: http://www.skysports.com/radio


    5/31/2014 7:19:49 PM
  • MITCHELL V MADUMA - ROUND EIGHT [round-8]
    Mitchell has more success in the early part of the round, he's timing his attacks well and a left jab upstairs is leading him in nicely, forcing Maduma back - Mitchell twice follows up with rights and his supporters ringside are making themselves heard. Both fighters miss with their left but Mitchell is quickest to capitalise, landing a left to the body. Ouch, a straight right from Maduma lands hard on Mitchell but credit to the Dagenham man he continues as if nothing's happened. 
    5/31/2014 7:22:03 PM
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