George Groves may have secured a fourth world title shot today in London, beating Martin Murray by unanimous decision on scores of 118-110 across the board. BLH also had the fight 118-110 for Groves.
The fight started fairly slowly, with Groves (24-3, 18 KO) nicking the first three rounds as Murray (33-4-1, 13 KO) laid back a bit more than he might have wanted. But Murray came on strong in the fourth, and the fight really picked up from there, turning into an entertaining affair for the most part.
It was also a fairly easy fight to score. Murray, knowing he was down by big margins, threw everything he had at Groves in the 10th round, but Groves stood his ground and got back into the fight. Both of them left what was in the tank in the ring in round 12, finishing harder than they started.
"Martin Murray is a class act. Should be a world champion. We say things we truly don’t mean," Groves said after the bout. "It was billed make or break, and neither of us broke tonight. His power of recovery was phenomenal. I’ll be even better in the next fight, but what a performance from Murray."
"I got beat by a better man tonight, just as simple as that," Murray said. "He hurt me a couple of times. He punches well. It is what it is. Obviously, I’m gutted. Like I said, I just got beat by a better man. We had a great training camp."