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Groves finally exorcises his title demons with WBA win

By David Charlesworth

George Groves laid his inner anguish of three unsuccessful world title challenges to rest after capturing the vacant WBA super-middleweight title at Bramall Lane.

Groves says he will be a "better, more rounded human being as well as fighter now" after finally clinching one of the four major world belts following a sixth-round stoppage of Russian Fedor Chudinov in Sheffield on Saturday night.

Having scaled the mountain at the fourth attempt, Groves laid bare the extent of how two defeats to Carl Froch and one to Badou Jack in previous world title tilts had mentally scarred him.

He said: "For so long I was walking round clueless, not knowing why I wasn't world champion. (I was) bitter - no one likes being called bitter but I knew part of me, deep down, was feeling sorry for myself.

"Now I've got proof in the pudding. I'm telling everyone I'm the best in the world, now I've got the belt to prove it.

"A weight has certainly been lifted. I've learned from my losses. I'm going to be a better, more rounded human being as well as fighter now. I can put the demons to bed."

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