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Froch trounces Groves as super-middleweight titles stay in his corner

LONDON -- Carl Froch admitted the lure of boxing in Las Vegas for the first time is tempting after knocking out George Groves in the eighth round on Saturday.

Froch described the straight right that flattened his British rival Groves as the best of his career after he defended his International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) super-middleweight titles.

Following the controversy of Froch's ninth round stoppage win over Groves in November, which the challenger insisted was premature, the ending could not have been more unequivocal in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

Froch, 36, refused to identify a preferred opponent for his next — and possibly last — bout, with fellow Briton James DeGale a possibility after he won an eliminator for the IBF belt on the undercard. Sakio Bika, Cameroon's Australia-based World Boxing Council (WBC) champion, was also at the news conference to challenge Froch to a world title unification bout.

But Froch, from Nottingham, seemed to prefer the idea of fighting in the world's fight capital rather than settling another domestic dispute with DeGale.

"I'm going to have the summer off before I even discuss what I do with boxing," Froch told a news conference. "That was one of the best nights of my career. What ever I do now in boxing I will be a happy man but that's not saying I'm going to retire.

"This evening will be hard to top, with it being the biggest fight in Britain since the Second World War.

"But there is one box that is not ticked and that is Las Vegas. I've never boxed there, never had my name up in light down the Las Vegas strip and before I retire it might be something I want to do. DeGale fought well but I've got a voluntary defense."

It had been a tense affair until Froch's one-punch demolition of Groves two minutes and 35 seconds into the eighth.

Froch had been floored by Groves in the first round of their first encounter and early on the champion adopted a cautious approach.

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