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Eddie Hearn: Team Groves Objecting To Referee Fitch

By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star

GEORGE GROVES has thrown his Wembley rematch with Carl Froch into chaos by objecting to the referee.

American referee Charlie Fitch was appointed last Tuesday by the IBF and British Boxing Board of Control, but Groves' team reckon he is not up to it.

The Londoner, 26, made his complaint official yesterday morning but he may be too late.

The British Board require all officials to undergo strict medical tests before taking charge of contests in this country and Fitch, whose last world title fight was in 2012, passed his last week.

There is unlikely to be enough time for them to approve another referee in time for the WBA and IBF super-middleweight clash on Saturday night.

Groves has insisted all along that no British officials can be involved after he was stopped controversially by Yorkshireman Howard Foster in their first fight in November.

But defending champion Froch is not bothered, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn.

Hearn said: "It will be difficult to change officials at this late stage but if they can we are not bothered, it is fine.

"It could be Boris Johnson refereeing for all Carl Froch cares, he doesn't care who the third man in the ring is."

Hearn objected to the first referee put forward - American Jack Reiss - by the IBF two weeks ago.

Groves' camp have already objected to one of the judges because he was from Poland, where Froch's grandfather was born.

Hearn added: "They objected previously to a judge and I objected to a referee and now they are objecting to the replacement referee.

"We expect the fight referee to arrive in England on Wednesday or Thursday at the latest.

"You have to bear in mind that this is not a normal fight and the referee will be under severe scrutiny.

"We would have liked to have British officials because they are among the best in the world, but the Groves camp insisted everyone must be neutral."

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

[QUOTE=flat1985;14594684]Hearn said that it dont matter who the ref is then why did they reject that american ref the other week?[/QUOTE] Good question.

Comment by JACK1190 on 05-27-2014

Groves being a diva again!

Comment by Chrismart on 05-27-2014

Just more mind games i'd imagine. I reckon Groves's team knew the were going to reject the new ref, as soon as Hearn rejected the first one the other week. Froch's team probably knew they were going to reject the…

Comment by flat1985 on 05-27-2014

Hearn said that it dont matter who the ref is then why did they reject that american ref the other week?

Comment by frosty-g on 05-27-2014

actually it would be hilarious to have boris in there. eddie, get it sorted!

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