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Groves Appeals To IBF To Order a Froch Rematch

By Edward Chaykovsky

Super middleweight contender George Groves has appealed to the International Boxing Federation to order a mandatory rematch with champion Carl Froch. They faced off last November, with Groves as the mandatory challenger. Groves put Froch down hard in the first round and continue to rattle him in a very exciting fight. During the ninth round, it was Froch who shook up Groves. The referee jumped in to stop the fight a little too early and there was a major backlash from the boxing fans and media.

Their mutual promoter, Eddie Hearn, is also pushing to stage the rematch. Froch on the other hand is not interested, feeling that he doesn't have anything to prove by facing Groves again.

"I was out in New Jersey last week making an appeal to the IBF. I find out the results this week. It was in front of a panel of referees etc. I'm quietly confident. We presented a very good case. Our grounds was bias from the referee and that the finish was unsatisfactory," Groves told Sky Sports.

"The whole basis of the hearing is for them to force a rematch, giving Carl Froch no option. Ultimately, if they instate me as mandatory, he'll have the option to fight me or vacate or be stripped.

"Even if it goes against me, the public demand for it is there and it's what they want to see. The IBF may go against me because he's an IBF-instated referee. If it doesn't go my way, I still feel I'll get my rematch. There's no other fight out there for Froch - unless he wants to retire, it has to be a fight with me."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lutenco on 01-21-2014

[QUOTE=Dirk Diggler UK;14154394]Stevenson was an unknown fighter at the time who hadn't done sh1t. You do realise the timeline of this? By better I mean better in every single way. Kessler was higher ranked, it was a unification fight and…

Comment by Robbie Barrett on 01-21-2014

Froch will fight him this year. The money is too good not to.

Comment by GhostBlade on 01-20-2014

Groves is too heavily invested in Froch. He should realize that he can fight other fighters and doesn't need Froch. Groves should fight Ward. Why is he demanding to fight a fighter that doesn't want to fight him?

Comment by BennyST on 01-20-2014

[QUOTE=joe strong;14154398]groves needs to STFU! it was not a mandatory defence so he had his chance & never finished him off...[/QUOTE] The whole point is that he wasn't given the chance to. They gave the fight to Froch, literally. Just…

Comment by FrankieBruno on 01-20-2014

Only reason Froch can say no to this fight and not look like a duck if he fights with Ward Other than that if he fights anyone else it is a duck 5 million pounds that is close to 10…

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