By Edward Chaykovsky
IBF/WBA 'regular' super middleweight champion Carl Froch admitted that George Groves got under his skin prior to last November's fight. Froch abandoned his game plan in the ring and then attacked Groves with both hands swinging. It allowed Groves to drop him hard in the first round and then work him over until a controversial stoppage in the ninth round. Groves was ahead on all three of the official scorecards when the bout was stopped.
Now they rematch on Saturday night, May 31, at Wembley before an expected 80,000 fans.
"I carried a lot of anger into the first fight with George and it certainly impacted on my performance. He got under my skin and when I was inside the ring, I just wanted to fight him rather than box him. That was down to the way he was acting in the build-up, but it led to mistakes. I didn't stick to my principles and the way I operate like working behind my jab and even though I won, it was my worst possible night," Froch told The Nottingham Post.
"The psychologist I am working with helps the Team GB Olympic team and it's something that I have always been interested in. It was part of my sports science degree I completed at university and if you look around be it teams or individuals, they are becoming more and more widely used."