By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
CARL FROCH has told George Groves he blew his one and only chance to beat him.
The IBF and WBA super-middleweight champion puts his titles on the line again against the cocksure Londoner in their mega Wembley clash tonight.
Groves, 26, put Froch down in the first round of their fight back in November in Manchester, but was stopped controversially in the ninth by the defending champion.
And Froch, 36, has promised there will be no repeat of the slow start that almost cost him his crown as one of the world's best in the 12 stone division.
The Nottingham puncher claims he took Groves lightly before their first meeting and did not prepare properly with his mind already on other potential fights.
He openly admitted he got it wrong when he thought he could just walk through the challenger, who was in his first world title fight.
But 'The Cobra' insists he has got his bite back as he prepares for one of the biggest fights ever to be staged on British soil in front of 80,000 fans in the national stadium tonight.
He said: "I think George Groves has missed his one chance to beat me.
"I know I didn't turn up for the last fight. That was my own fault. It was unprofessional and I was guilty of that. I was guilty of taking my foot off the gas.
"Yet he still couldn't beat me. He couldn't beat me on an off night, so how does he think he can beat me now when I'm fully focused and I'm in unbelievable shape?
"Last time, I didn't give him the credibility he deserved and such is human nature, you take your foot off the gas.
"But this time I could not be more ready. I've won the preparation and so as far as I'm concerned, I've won the fight.
"He's a great fighter, George Groves. You've got to give him respect and credit.
"He was a decent amateur and he's been a decent professional. He certainly gave me a good fight in the first fight.
"But I did what I had to do to make him fall apart and he's not unbeaten anymore because he's tasted defeat at my hands and as far as I'm concerned, he'll taste defeat again tonight.
"He lost to a really poor Carl Froch and now he's got to face one of the best Carl Frochs.
"I'm in the best shape I've ever been in. He's got to face that guy, so don't be surprised if this is totally one-sided."
Froch will earn around £8m for tonight's fight and could pick up a £10m cheque if pay-per-view buys on Sky Box Office soar over one million.
Victory would cement his legacy as one of Britain's best ever world champions and he may even consider retiring at the top of the game.
But there will be no partying or drinking binge if he wins despite training "like a monk" for three months and staying away from those close to him for long periods of time to get ready.
Instead, he will spend next week with his partner Rachel and their two children, Rocco and Natalia, simply messing about in the garden.
He said: "I will be at home with my beautiful partner who I love more than life itself and my two kids, who are more important than anything. I am really looking to getting home.
"Having kids has put things into perspective. I'm not as selfish but now I have an added thing driving me. I am not just fighting for myself, I am fighting for them as well."
Despite this being Froch's 12th world title fight, his experienced trainer Rob McCracken believes the three-time champion has not been given the credit he deserves.
McCracken, who has worked with Froch throughout his professional career and also leads Great Britain's amateur team, feels the public have not appreciated what his fighter has done for the sport.
"He has been such a tremendous fighter and it kind of goes unnoticed because all the talk is about this rematch," he said.
"Froch is an elite fighter, Carl is in the top 10 pound-for-pound boxers in the world and we don't have British fighters who achieve that.
"He has beaten the best at his weight over the last six years and has only come up short against Andre Ward. His record is phenomenal, his career has been phenomenal."
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