Froch's knockout blow will go down in history, says Purdy

4:11pm Monday 2nd June 2014

By Jonathan Waldron

Lee Purdy believes the huge right hand that helped Carl Froch floor George Groves was one of the finest knockout punches in British boxing history.

The Colchester boxer was part of a post-war record crowd of 78,000 at Wembley to see Froch triumph in the rematch, on Saturday night.

Froch claimed an eighth-round victory over Groves to retain his IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles, after his magnificent shot settled the contest.

And Purdy, who watched the fight alongside the likes of Chris Eubank and Frank Bruno, said it was a moment that will go down in British boxing folklore.

“I think it’ll probably go down in history as one of the best knockouts in British boxing history,” said former British welterweight champion Purdy.

“A lot of people had Carl Froch down to win but it was always going to be tricky and a close fight.

“George Groves was always causing problems early on but Carl is a seasoned fighter and I think he could deal with that.

“I had him down as being ahead by the time the knockout came but there were others who had George ahead, so it was a close thing until the knockout blow.”

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