By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
CARL FROCH has told George Groves there can be no excuses if he beats him in his own back yard.
The IBF and WBA super-middleweight champion is delighted their hugely-anticipated rematch is at Wembley with at least 60,000 fight fans set to be packed into the national football stadium.
Nottingham-born Froch, 36, beat the 25-year-old Londoner back in November in Manchester but the fight was controversially ended in the ninth round by referee Howard Foster.
Groves was furious and appealed to the IBF for a rematch which effectively pushed Froch into a facing him again.
Wembley beat Nottingham Forest’s City Ground, Manchester United’s Old Trafford and Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium in the race to host the clash.
And both fighters are set for the richest night in British boxing history on May 31 in London with the fight expect to gross up to £15m
Froch said: “When we announced that we were looking at Nottingham venues, there were a few people complaining about me having hometown advantage.
“I didn’t like that because the job I’m going to do on George Groves is going to be so conclusive, I don’t want anyone to say, ‘Oh ,you had the crowd’.
“I don’t want any excuses or whinging. I’m sick to death of it to the point I don’t want to fight in Nottingham.
“I’m happy to fight George in his backyard in London and that says a lot.”.
Groves put Froch down in the first round of their epic encounter in November and was leading on the scorecards when the fight was stopped by Foster.
And he believes having to fight in London is the least of the Nottingham man’s worries.
The Hammersmith-born fighter said: “I think I have a lot of advantages over Carl going into this fight and the venue and city are the least of his concerns.
“The advantages he needs to worry about are the ones I displayed in the last fight and that was in a neutral venue.
“The fight being at Wembley is brilliant news. I’ve never boxed anywhere close to the capacity of Wembley. To be crowned world champion in my home town of London will be an amazing feeling.”
Froch, who has lost just two of his 34 fights, was heavy favourite to win the initial bout but looked like an ageing champion against a much fresher challenger.
However, he has vowed to be back to his best in the rematch after claiming he failed to prepare properly.
He added: “I am guilty of not giving George the respect he deserved in the first fight, it was difficult to because he talked so much trash.
“I do need to give him a little bit more attention, more boxing respect and go in there totally prepared which I wasn’t in the first fight.
“I am so excited that I am going to give Groves an absolute pasting in front of such a big crowd.”