Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

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.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (30)
Top Headlines Jake Ball To Return, After First Loss, On March 17 Hearn: ITV PPV Idea is Likely Delusion and Greed From Eubank Sr. Conwell: I've Boxed In Higher Class Than Bowen, Will Win That Title Saunders: People Must Realize - GGG, Canelo Must Get Through Me World Boxing Council Breaks Down Ongoing Drug Testing Program Black Hitler - Boxing And The Anti-PBC Effect Danny Garcia: I'm Sure I'll Fight Khan - Once He Rebuilds Career Schaefer: Tony Yoka Could Become The Anthony Joshua of France Terry Flanagan vs. Petr Petrov Will Have U.S. TV, Says Pelullo White: I Won't Do Business With Arum For Pacquiao vs. McGregor! Erick De Leon Aims To Get a Knockout Win on Solo Boxeo Tony Yoka Pumped To Go Pro With Richard Schaefer, Virgil Hunter Francisco Vargas vs. Miguel Berchelt - Undercard Information Tyron Zeuge vs. Isaac Ekpo - Purse Bid Ordered For January 31 David Haye: Bellew Looked Fat and Nervous - He'll Be KO'd Quick Funeka Warns Pacquiao To Take Horn Serious or Suffer Shock Loss Braekhus vs. Svensson is Pushed Back To February 24 Liam Williams vs. Liam Smith For WBO European Belt, April 8 Photos: Fury, Saunders, Adams, Smith-Williams, Flanagan Presser Chocolatito: No Problem Facing Cuadras, But Focus is on Rungvisai Hearn: No Interest in Khan's Proposed 70-30 Split for Brook Bout Yuriorkis Gamboa Inks Promotional With Golden Boy Promotions Nicola Adams Turns Pro With Frank Warren, Will Debut On April 8 Top Rank President Lays Out Michael Conlan's Plan To Stardom Cancer-Free Father Made Camp Less Stressful for Leo Santa Cruz Lara's Coach: Canelo Does Not Have The Style To Beat Golovkin Angel Garcia: Danny Could Ruin Thurman's Career, Like Matthysse's Daily Bread Mailbag: Mayweather-Ali, Cotto-Kirkland, Jack, More Judge Sets Down Terms To Lift Ban on Edwin Valero Movie Nicola Adams Leaves Team GB Boxing Setup, Free To Pursue Other Opportunities Steve Goodwin Updates on Stable, Looks Ahead, Reflects on 2016 Eubank Jr: DeGale is One of The Best at 168? That's Embarrassing! Golovkin's Coach on The Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. Catch-Weight Randy Caballero To Return on March 23 on ESPN Card "Fighting Words" - Angel Garcia to Blame, Though We Enabled Him Abel Sanchez: Maybe It Could Be Golovkin-Chavez, Canelo-Jacobs Puerto Rico Commission To Investigate Vazquez Jr. Pay Claims Shawn Porter Tabs Santa Cruz To Beat Frampton in Rematch Chocolatito: All Rungvisai Has is a Punch, It Won't Be That Difficult Klitschko Coach Says Everyone Will Be Shocked After Joshua Fight
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement