Froch-Groves II: Hearn in Talks With Several Stadiums
Several of Britain's largest sporting arenas are under consideration to stage the rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves that has finally been agreed for May 31.
Eighty-two days after the bitter rivals fought a nine-round thriller that ended with Froch stopping his younger opponent in controversial circumstances, they have agreed to meet for a second time.
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn views it as the biggest fight in British history and name-checked several major venues as possibilities to host a showdown that Froch starts as odds-on favorite.
Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium are the leading contenders for Groves' second shot at Froch's WBA and IBF super-middleweight showdown, and Hearn admits the bout had to happen.
"We're in discussion with six or seven stadiums all over the country right now," Hearn told Sky Sports News.
"They are huge stadiums because this is a huge event. We're looking at a crowd of up to 80,000 for this fight.
"We've had discussions with Old Trafford, Wembley, the Emirates Stadium, the City Ground, Twickenham, Cardiff... It's a special fight.
"Over the next week we'll be closing off a deal with one of those big stadiums that we need to cater for this fight.
"I believe this will be the biggest fight in British boxing history and I want to see how big we can make it because it appeals to everybody.
"It was difficult to arrange because there were two egos to deal with, but it would be a travesty if it didn't happen.
"The fact is they don't like each other and they don't do a very good job of hiding that."
[QUOTE=chrismart83;14266768][B]Carl Froch @Carl_Froch[/B] 1m Just got off the phone with @EddieHearn & the waiting is nearly over. City Ground is now the front runner. @Official_NFFC let's do this.[/QUOTE] Surely not, Hearn wants 80,000. City Ground wouldn't even do 50k.Comment by Chrismart on 02-24-2014
[B]Carl Froch @Carl_Froch[/B] 1m Just got off the phone with @EddieHearn & the waiting is nearly over. City Ground is now the front runner. @Official_NFFC let's do this.Comment by MDPopescu on 02-14-2014
[QUOTE=NEETzsche;14234901]my m8 who works at the emirates has been told that it will take place there. good for me, as it means i'll likely be going.[/QUOTE] Do you plan to buy a pitch seat? :)Comment by NEETzsche on 02-14-2014
my m8 who works at the emirates has been told that it will take place there. good for me, as it means i'll likely be going.Comment by MDPopescu on 02-14-2014
[QUOTE=yoz;14234516]This is a big fight, sure, but I'd surprised if they went for Wembley or Twickenham. Cardiff is a safe bet, because of the retractable roof, but [B]I'd prefer the Emirates[/B] (I live in Islington :))[/QUOTE] Would you like to…Post a Comment/View More User Comments (23)