(Video) Carl Froch v Georges Groves: Full fight highlights

Check out all of the action again including the controversial ending. World champion Carl Froch recovered from a first-round knockdown...

Check out all of the action again including the controversial ending.

World champion Carl Froch recovered from a first-round knockdown to defeat British rival George Groves with a highly controversial ninth-round stoppage win in Manchester on Saturday.

Froch retained his World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation super-middleweight titles after referee Howard Foster decided Groves was unfit to continue.

Groves, who sent Froch to the canvas in the first round, complained vehemently as he was heading for what seemed like a points win after a thrilling encounter.

Unsurprisingly, both English boxers had very different views of Foster’s decision to halt a contest scheduled for 12 rounds.

“It was a fair enough stoppage,” Froch told Sky Box Office.

“I felt I had a couple more free shots on him and I was lining him up for the uppercut. He was struggling, that last one or two shots can do great damage in this sport.

“The referee has to make a split-second decision.”

Froch, who had been angered by Groves’s “disrespectful” pre-fight comments, added: “He has earned more respect from me as a fighter… as a person he has been very childish and very rude.

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