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Froch Baiting George Groves To Have an Exciting Brawl

Carl Froch attempted to goad George Groves into brawling when they clash later this year by demanding his British rival plays his part in producing a spectacle for fans.

The Matchroom stablemates will meet either in November or December at a venue to be confirmed after Froch's efforts to secure a rematch against Andre Ward were frustrated by the brilliant American's refusal to fight in the UK.

With a decider against Mikkel Kessler also failing to materialise, Froch has instead turned his attention to defending his IBF and WBA super-middleweight belts against 25-year-old Groves.

Taking on a seasoned campaigner who has built his reputation on facing the toughest opponents is a bold move by Groves, but he was happy to engage in mind games as soon as the fight was announced at midday.

The granite-chinned Froch's strength lies in trading and the champion, 11 years the senior, hopes to his former sparring partner will oblige to produce a British classic.

"George has (trainer) Adam Booth in the corner, the master tactician as he calls himself, so we'll see what his tactics are," Froch said on Sky Sports News.

"He'll listen to 'Too Smooth Booth' and will probably get on his back foot, box and move around the ring.

"The fans want to see a fight, so do your moving and boxing for three or four rounds, but don't make it a running and hiding mission.

"Stand and fight, because you can have a tear up when you want one. Let's give the fans what they want.

"This fight is on Sky, on pay-per-view, and I like to give the fans what they want. If George boxes the way he did against James DeGale, it won't be very exciting."

Groves is skillful and powerful but has proved vulnerable at times, so will keep exchanges with Froch brief. The Londoner, unbeaten in 19 fights, jumped on Froch's comments.

"It's interesting that Carl is already asking me to conform to a certain style of boxing for this fight. He's asked me not to move, why?" Groves said.

"I have a few variations on how to approach this fight, while Carl is one dimensional and likes to walk forward and brawl.

"It's worked well for him so far, but why is he already asking me to conform to a certain style of fighting?

"I didn't expect to hear this much desperation this early in the build up to the fight whereby he is adamantly pushing for me to fight one particular style."

Groves helped Froch prepare for his first fight against Kessler in 2010, but then angered the Nottingham veteran when he sparred with the Dane in the build-up to May's thrilling rematch.

Froch was critical of the lack of loyalty shown by a fellow British fighter, but refused to resume hostilities today, even if he hinted that it remains a sore point.

"A lot of fighters wouldn't do it, but George chose to be selfish and it's a selfish sport, so fair play to him," said Froch, who has won all but two of his 33 fights.

"We're not best mates, we don't socialise together. We're promoted by the same promoter but we don't hang out and rarely talk.

"He came under a lot of stick for working against a stablemate and British fighter, but it wasn't the biggest crime of the century."

Groves has been installed as mandatory challenger for Froch's IBF belt and the older fighter, who was denied the chance to face Joe Calzaghe by the British super-middleweight great, is happy to oblige - despite misgivings over the challenger's ranking.

"Since Jean Pascal in 2008 I've fought the best of the best, so I won't say no to a British fighter, regardless of whether I think he's experienced enough or whether he's been in with top-level opposition," Froch said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MDPopescu on 07-24-2013

[QUOTE=CraigM;13584743]Do you realise how big Wembley stadium is? Ward simply doesn't sell tickets and Froch wouldn't sell 90,000 worth. So yeah, i'd say either Ward is utterly dilusional or it was a clever way to say 'no i dont want…

Comment by CraigM on 07-24-2013

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;13583663]The BS article here reads: "... after Froch's efforts to secure a rematch against Andre Ward were frustrated by the brilliant American's refusal to fight in the UK." Not true: Ward himself said he was ready to come to the…

Comment by Body_Snatcher on 07-24-2013

just saw the betting odds.[B]Groves can be had at +350[/B]

Comment by micky1971 on 07-24-2013

im a big fan of both these fellahs but, a couple fights more for the saint before takin on carl. also, carl has a massive dig and probably the the hardest chin in the sport so tangling with carl in…

Comment by mathed on 07-23-2013

Groves may be relatively untested but he has the body type and style to give Froch a lot of problems. I expect Froch to push himself for the win but it won't be an easy fight I believe.

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