Errol Spence and George Groves picked up their maiden world titles on this day in 2017
Bramall Lane played host to a bumper night of boxing, as Errol Spence knocked out local favourite Kell Brook in 11 rounds to pick up the IBF welterweight title. George Groves also finally etched his name into the book of world champions at the fourth time of asking.
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The main event saw IBF champion Kell Brook entered to a raucous ovation at his beloved Bramall Lane, as his iconic 'All of the lights' entrance played out. His mandatory challenger Errol Spence entered enemy territory as he looked to pick up his first world champion.
Brook was coming off the first defeat of his career as he dared to be great and jumped up to middleweight to face pound for pound superstar Gennady Golovkin, where he suffered a broken orbital bone. Brook had cut back down to welterweight to defend his world title.
Brook started strong and asserted his size early on, however, Spence began to get a foothold in the fight. Spence target Brook's previously injured eye, and his persistence paid off, as Brook began to slow, and Spence managed to continuously land clean.
Brook hit the canvas in round 10 following a vicious onslaught from Spence. As he rose to his feet, it was apparent that an orbital injury had reoccurred. Brook survived the 10th, but disaster struck in the 11th, as his vision was hugely impaired, causing Brook to take a knee, leading to referee Howard Foster reaching a ten count, declaring Spence the new IBF champion via 11th round knockout.
The chief support saw George Groves have his fourth crack at trying to achieve his dream of becoming world champion as he challenged for the vacant WBA super middleweight title. Groves had tried twice before against Carl Froch and once against Badou Jack, but was unsuccessful in all. The man now stood in his way was former world champion, Fedor Chudinov.
Groves started quickly and kept unloading on Chudinov. Groves found a breakthrough in round five, as he piled the pressure on Chudinov, reigning in big punches and landing clean, but the tough Russian survived a torrid round.
Groves built on his success in the previous round, as he repeated his onslaught. Referee Steve Gray had seen enough at the mid point of the sixth, as he waved the bout off, cementing Groves's dream as he was now WBA world super middleweight champion.
Everyone was delighted to see Groves finally achieve his dream, and he dedicated his victory to previous opponent Eduard Gutknecht, who had suffered a life changing injury following their bout a few months earlier.
The rest of the undercard saw Dave Allen unsuccessful in his challenge for the Commonweath heavyweight title, as he was on the end of a split decision loss to Lenroy Thomas. Jamie Cox made his Matchroom debut, as he became the first man to stop Lewis Taylor.
Team GB's Anthony Fowler made his pro debut, and won in controversial fashion as he stopped Arturs Geikins in the first round, however it did appear that he hit his opponent whilst grounded. Fellow Team GB stars Lawrence Okolie and Joe Cordina also picked up first round knockout victories over their respective opponents.
Andy Townend picked up the vacant Commonwealth super featherweight title, as he stopped Jon Kays in two rounds. Nadeem Siddique picked a knockout victory as he stopped Pal Olah in three.
Finally, Atif Shafiq and Kyle Yousaf successfully added to their win columns, both picking up points victories.