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It's ten out of 10 for Groves

PUBLISHED: 13:27 04 August 2010 | UPDATED: 15:10 24 August 2010

GEORGE Groves took his winning streak into double figures on Saturday as he marked his Las Vegas debut by stopping Alfredo Contreras. The 22-year-old Commonwealth super-middleweight champion saw off Contreras in the sixth round of the Mandalay Bay contest

GEORGE Groves took his winning streak into double figures on Saturday as he marked his Las Vegas debut by stopping Alfredo Contreras.

The 22-year-old Commonwealth super-middleweight champion saw off Contreras in the sixth round of the Mandalay Bay contest to take his professional record to 10 victories.

Although the Mexican fighter landed a strong right-hander during the early stages, Groves soon took command of the fight, working the jab to good effect.

A string of powerful shots with both hands kept the Londoner on top in the third and fourth rounds, but the gritty Contreras showed no signs of wilting.

Groves moved further ahead in the fifth, but his opponent still refused to lie down and it took another ferocious combination early in the sixth to convince referee Russell Mora to halt proceedings.

The Hammersmith star, who has now recorded eight stoppages in his 10 bouts, is expected to return to the ring in October.

Meanwhile, Kilburn welterweight Ashley Theophane boosted his title credentials as he clinched a majority verdict against Delvin Rodriguez at the Buffalo Run Casino, Oklahoma.

The solid jab of Rodriguez gave him the edge early on, but Theophane landed the better body shots and gradually took control during the second half of the 10-round contest.

Theophane landed big right-handers in rounds seven and eight and ended the fight strongly with a left to the body and then two overhand rights in the closing seconds.

That finish appeared to sway the judges, with two scoring the contest 96-94 in favour of Theophane and the third ruling it a draw, 95-95.


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