Boxing: George Groves’ defence of WBA world super-middleweight title caps fine evening for local talent

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 October 2017

George Groves celebrates his victory over Jamie Cox to defend his WBA world super middleweight title at Wembley Arena (pic: Scott Heavey/PA)

George Groves celebrates his victory over Jamie Cox to defend his WBA world super middleweight title at Wembley Arena (pic: Scott Heavey/PA)

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Hammersmith’s George Groves retained his WBA world super-middleweight title at Wembley Arena on Saturday on a good night for local boxers.

Groves defeated Jamie Cox to set up a showdown with fellow Brit Chris Eubank Jnr. in the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series.

The fight between the two British talents is expected to take place in early 2018, with Groves keen for it to take place at Stamford Bridge, the home of his beloved Chelsea.

There was also success on the bill for another former Dale Youth boxer in Dean Richardson.

The 22-year-old was too powerful for Andrej Moravek, twice dropping the Slovakian on his way to victory.

Former Stonebridge crusierweight Mikael Lawal continues to impress, beating Tomislav Rudan for his fourth straight win.

Youssef Khoumari, who trains at the IQ gym, outpointed Jamie Speight of Devon in only his second professional fight.

However, there was disappointment for Daniel Keenan as the Harrow welterweight suffered his first loss, going down on points against Angel Emilov of Bulgaria.

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