Also on this date, at O2 Arena, Greenwich, London, United Kingdom, Carl Froch defeated Mikkel Kessler in a twelve round IBF/WBA super middleweight unification bout. Froch won the rematch by scores of 118-110, 116-112, and 115-113. Froch raised his record to 31-2 (22) in making his second defense of the IBF strap and claiming the WBA. Kessler fell to 46-3 (35).
Froch moved from third to second among SecondsOut’s top super middleweights and eyes a rematch with Andre Ward. Kessler, who now eyes retirement, dipped from second to third in the division.
Also on the card, George Groves stopped Noe Gonzalez Alcoba in five rounds of a super middleweight bout. The end came at the :51 second mark. Alcoba was dropped in the fifth, but deemed unfit to continue. Groves raised his record to 19-0 (15). Alcoba fell to 30-3 (22).
Groves remained SecondsOut’s number seven super middleweight and now potentially eyes a title shot later this year.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, June 2:
On Saturday, June 1:
At Estadio Sonora, Hermosilla, Sonora, Mexico: Hernan Marquez versus Carlos Tamara in a twelve round flyweight bout
At Estadio Morelos, Ecatepec, Mexico, Mexico: Hugo Ruiz versus Giovanni Cara in a ten round super bantamweight bout; Hugo Fidel Cazares versus Gabriel Altarejos in a ten round super bantamweight bout
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