by Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
GEORGE GROVES is not giving up hope of fighting Carl Froch for a THIRD time.
Groves, 26, was brutally KO’d in the eighth round by a straight right hand from Froch in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in May.
It was Groves’ second stoppage loss to Froch, who profited from a controversial ninth-round win last November.
But the Londoner aims to revive his career by beating France’s European champ Christopher Rebrasse at Wembley Arena on September 20.
Victory would also set up a crack at the WBC version of the world title, which Aussie Sakio Bika and Yank Anthony Dirrell scrap for on August 18.
Groves’ target now is the WBC belt, but he believes he still has unfinished business with WBA-IBF world super-middleweight champion Froch, 37, who has yet to announce his next move.
He said: “I gave him the praise he needed after our fight and the following night he said he wanted me to crawl back into the hole I came out of.
“It should be the most satisfying thing but for some reason it’s not. Maybe that will be the reason we box next year or even later this year.
“He probably knows he got lucky again. He was in a fight that I feel I was winning.
“I got caught and it happens in boxing. Fair play to Carl, he landed the punch that ended the ﬁght.
“I thought he’d be satisfied with it but he doesn’t seem too satisfied. He’s still trying to have digs at me.
“He probably wants me to retire but that’s not going to happen.
“This time, maybe with a tiny bit of luck, or no luck whatsoever, maybe I will be world champion.”
Groves admits that he will NEVER get over the crushing defeat to Froch two months ago.
He added: “It’s not something I’m depressed about and I don’t doubt myself because of it.
“Certainly I will never get over it but it was a fight thing rather than ability thing and I want to be back out at the highest level as soon as possible.
“Beat this guy and I’m in line to face the winner of Bika and Dirrell for a WBC world title. Some fighters have to wait years for that opportunity.”