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Carl Froch: Groves Needs a Few Tests Before Facing Me

Carl Froch says George Groves needs to prove himself against superior opponents before he would consider fighting him. The Londoner marked his return to Matchroom and Sky Sports with a straightforward stoppage of Dario Balmaceda at Wembley on Saturday night and is now preparing for a high-profile fight on the undercard of Froch v Mikkel Kessler on May 25.

Groves has indicated that he's eyeing a headline clash with the IBF super-middleweight champion "sooner rather than later", but Froch played down the speculation after watching Saturday's bout in the Sky Sports studio. He says he would be open to the prospect, but Groves needs a couple of big tests before he can step up to his level.

Froch told Sky Sports: "It would be a big domestic fight, provided he comes through a couple of tests. He needs to step up the level of opposition for people to take him really seriously against people of my level and the people I've been boxing at world level. He needs those fights and Eddie Hearn will deliver them. He's on the best platform with Sky television, the best place for boxing is Sky Sports, it's as simple as that.

"It's a move he's been talking about and it's the best possible career move he could have made. He's going to be given the opportunity now to showcase his talent and let everybody know he means business. He's got a good jab. He sets up the jab well and moves well and his jab is very sharp. Is it world class? We'll have to see if it lands against a world-class opponent!"

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Weebler I on 03-12-2013

[QUOTE=kiaba360;13136008]I'm definitely in agreement, Groves should fight the winner of Abraham/Stieglitz and Bika next.[/QUOTE] Both Bika and Abraham beat Groves imo, not sure about Stieglitz

Comment by diarraisagod on 03-12-2013

Yeah absolutely agree that an Anderson rematch would make sense, Anderson gave Groves fits for a while and his performance deserves a rematch. To be honest though the division is stacked, there is worthy opponents all over the place for…

Comment by Mick Higgs on 03-12-2013

Until he KO'ed Anderson, it was touch & go for Groves. I'd also like to see the Lonsdale belt returned to England. ;-)

Comment by Tonyu on 03-12-2013

[QUOTE=Mick Higgs;13136282]groves needs more experiance. Rematches with Kenny Anderson & James DeGale + a fight with Thomas Oosthuizen would be good.[/QUOTE] Hi Mick - I agree with the experience why would he fight Andersen again he has already KO'D him…

Comment by Mick Higgs on 03-12-2013

groves needs more experiance. Rematches with Kenny Anderson & James DeGale + a fight with Thomas Oosthuizen would be good.

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