Groves continues winning record by easily overcoming Barakat with second round TKO
, George Groves has now matched that tally in the last fortnight following his second-round stoppage victory over Baker Barakat in Germany.
The 24-year-old super middleweight beat Dario German Balmaceda at Wembley Arena two weeks ago and made light work of his Syrian opponent on the undercard of Robert Stieglitz's world title rematch with Arthur Abraham in Magdeburg.
On the attack: George Groves (right) lands a jab on Baker Barakat
Groves will target the winner of that clash later in the year after starring as chief support to Carl Froch's mouthwatering rematch with Mikkel Kessler on May 25.
The Londoner, who has now won all 18 of his professional contests, was on top from the first bell, peppering Barakat to the head and body before a left uppercut had the 32-year-old wobbling.
The bell came to his rescue on that occasion but a knockdown in the second session, followed by a further flurry of blows, forced the referee to step in.
Stopping him now: The referee steps in to prevent any further punishment
Groves, who recently left Frank Warren to join rival promoter Eddie Hearn, immediately looked forward to a world title challenge.
'It was a good fight,' he said. 'He wasn't at the level I'm used to but I put in a good performance and didn't make any mistakes.
'I'm the No 1 contender with the WBO and was supposed to fight Stieglitz last year but I had to pull out through injury.'