Advertisement
Advertisement

Carl Froch: I Will Not Vacate, I'll Fight George Groves

World super-middleweight champion Carl Froch says he is willing to fight his stablemate George Groves in what would be an eagerly-awaited domestic showdown.

Froch beat Lucian Bute last year to claim the IBF title and George Groves is now the mandatory challenger for that title, meaning Froch may lose the belt if he does not agree to face him.

And the 36-year-old, who is fresh from beating Mikkel Kessler in a May thriller, says he will fight his former sparring partner rather than be stripped of his title.

Froch said: "He's mandatory for the IBF by default because Lucian Bute is injured, and I think (Edwin) Rodriguez and (Brandon) Gonzalez were fighting for the number two spot, this is what Eddie (Hearn, promoter) is telling me anyway.

"George Groves is next in line for the IBF title and, you know me, I defend my title rather than vacate it. I'll fight anybody.

"I've not been officially asked to vacate the title but I've been made aware of the situation that Groves is mandatory and I'm not in a position where I want to give a belt up.

"I took that belt off an unbeaten fighter so I'm not going to just give that belt away, unless there's a good option for me and a good road for me to go down.

"I'm in this game because I love it and I'll fight anybody, including George Groves."

Promoter Hearn said earlier in the month that talks were underway between the respective parties, with a view to the fight taking place later this year.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by flat1985 on 07-18-2013

Oh yeah and it is at the o2 arena london.

Comment by flat1985 on 07-18-2013

[QUOTE=Dirk Diggler UK;13567598]What an absolute joke. Source?[/QUOTE] Sorry someone i know should be up soon but it is 100% legit.

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 07-18-2013

[QUOTE=flat1985;13567589]I just heard that it is signed and is in november! And its ppv.[/QUOTE] What an absolute joke. Source?

Comment by flat1985 on 07-18-2013

I just heard that it is signed and is in november! And its ppv.

Comment by G22 on 07-15-2013

Good fight but its not PPv worthy. I think its come a little too soon for Groves who should have targetted Steglitz first and as for Carl Im not sure what it adds to his legacy fighting a next gen…

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (44)
Top Headlines Amir Khan Confident: If I Hit Canelo Clean, I Can Hurt Him! Herring Dominates Flores; Williams Survives Late Scare Mayweather Not Concerned With Canelo-Khan on 5/7 Date Roman Gonzalez Says Return Will Happen on Golovkin-Wade Rey Vargas To Return on Leo Santa Cruz-Kiko Martinez Card Timothy Bradley Formally Vacates WBO Welterweight Title Chavez Sr. Not Happy With Canelo-Khan, Wants Canelo-Golovkin Andre Ward-Sullivan Barrera Confirmed For March 26 in Oakland Photos: Manny Pacquiao Flexing His Political Muscle Back Home Golden Boy VP: Shabranskyy Was Willing To Face Andre Ward Billy Dib: Thank God I Finally Got Away From 50 Cent! Francisco Vargas vs. Orlando Salido Still a Possibility? Martinez-Berchelt On Course For March 12 After WBO Rejects Appeal Julio Ceja, Hugo Ruiz Ready For Rematch War on Feb. 27th Anthony Joshua-Charles Martin in Serious Talks, Says Hearn Zou Shiming Ring Return Draws 36.5 Million Viewers in China Gabe Bracero Arrested After Allegedly Beating Up Cop Rigondeaux To Train At Derry Mathews' Gym In Liverpool Oscar Duarte Signs With Golden Boy, Returns February 19 Juan Hernandez Has Chocolatito In Sights After Latest Win Gallagher: Canelo is Not Golovkin, Amir Khan Can Win K. Porter: Shawn Will Punish Keith Thurman Until He Breaks Lomachenko on When He Learned Mike Tyson Was Not Ukrainian Masternak Returns on Loaded April 2 Bill In Krakow Jazza Dickens Embraces Underdog Role Versus Rigondeaux Kiatniwat Scores Repeat Win Over Lebron in Thailand Nonito Donaire's Trainer Expects Pressure Fight From Bedak Hearn Expects Quigg To Score "Brutal" Knockout of Frampton Tasif Khan Stops Isaac Quaye In Six, Wins WBU/GBU Crowns Eddie Chambers: The Division is in Good Hands With Tyson Fury Moralde, Duno Ready To Go To War in General Santos City Amir Khan: Once My Shots Land on Canelo, He Will Think Twice! Mayweather: Khan Thinks He Can Do What I Did To Canelo Here's One Vote For Another Bernard 'Alien' Hopkins Sighting Erik Morales: Amir Khan Won't Last Four Rounds With Canelo Luis Ortiz Warns Tony Thompson: Barking Dogs Don't Bite! Billy Dib To Face Sukkasem Kietyongyuth on February 26 Arreola Suspended For 90 Days, Tests Positive For Marijuana Denis Lebedev-Yunier Dorticos Clash Ordered By The WBA Photos: Jamel Herring Makes Weight, Set For First TV Main Event
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement