It wasn't expected to be a real test for George Groves, and, well, it wasn't. Groves dominated the action at a leisurely pace tonight in London, stopping Scotland's unbeaten but untested David Brophy early in the fourth round on a devastating body shot.
Groves (23-3, 18 KO) hurt Brophy (16-1-1, 1 KO) in the first round, but didn't step on the gas at that point. As Brophy backed down to the ropes and put his hands up to protect himself from an expected assault, Groves gave him plenty of time to recover, not pressing the attack whatsoever, as if he wanted to carry the fight a little further to get more work in, which may indeed have been the case.
By the third round, Brophy had a cut under his right eye from Groves' jab. He did do about as well as he possibly could have, he was simply grossly overmatched against a fighter who is still a legitimate contender at 168 pounds, and even if he's not, as clearly a level well above Brophy, which almost everyone knew coming into the fight.
The fourth round KO shot was a good one, though, without question. Who doesn't love a body shot knockout? But this win showed us nothing we didn't already know about George Groves. He's past this level of competition, and has been for a long time.