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Charlie Fitch To Remain Third Man For Froch-Groves II

By Terence Dooley 

Sky Sports News has revealed that Charlie Fitch will definitely referee the WBA and IBF Super middleweight title rematch between titlist Carl Froch, 32-2 (23), and challenger George Groves, 19-1 (15), at Wembley Stadium this weekend.

Eddie Hearn, the show's promoter, informed Sky Sports - who will air the fight live in the U.K. - that the American referee remains the man in charge despite a late objection to his appointment from Groves's team, which was widely reported earlier today.

"There was another objection over the referee from Team Groves but the IBF made the decision last night that Charlie Fitch will referee the fight," Hearn told Sky.

A late request was made for a change of third man, but BBBoC rules clearly state that the officials have to pass a strict medical so a late replacement would have been infeasible this close to the contest due to the practicalities involved when bringing in a foreign official.

Groves successfully lobbied for the replacement of a Polish judge, Leszek Jankowiak, due to Froch's Polish ancestry. The super middleweight contender originally requested a foreign referee due to what he believe was a premature decision on the part of Doncaster's Howard Foster in the first fight, which was dominated by Groves early only for Froch to come back and register a ninth-round TKO win. 

The win was deemed premature by many fans and pundits, prompting the International Boxing Federation (IBF) to order an immediate rematch.

"The judges are now in place. No more dramas. Probably a few little mind games going back and forth but we're all set, the fight's on and we're ready to go," Hearn states.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by dazzlertheboxer on 05-27-2014

Groves is definitely wasting his energy here, would be better keeping his mind relaxed and focussed. I'm going to stick my head on a block now and pick Froch to win. I think he will have Groves in the later…

Comment by Hitman932 on 05-27-2014

[QUOTE=chrismart83;14594963]Money split - check British Ref - check British Judge - check Polish Judge - check Charlie Fitch - check Froch's entrance song - forthcoming Colour of Froch's shorts - forthcoming[/QUOTE] The drama queen behavior is ridiculous. The winner should…

Comment by Chrismart on 05-27-2014

Money split - check British Ref - check British Judge - check Polish Judge - check Charlie Fitch - check Froch's entrance song - forthcoming Colour of Froch's shorts - forthcoming

Comment by Uncle Rodge on 05-27-2014

[QUOTE=Hougigo;14594902]Let's see if Fitch stops this super early because Groves tried to reject him.[/QUOTE] Immediately after asking them to touch gloves.

Comment by LacedUp on 05-27-2014

Honestly don't think Groves could care less about Charlie Fitch. Probably mind games of some sort.

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