By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
GEORGE GROVES wants a referee who will 'take no prisoners' for his rematch with Carl Froch.
The London super-middleweight is still fuming about how their first fight ended in November when British referee Howard Foster stopped it in the ninth round.
Groves, 26, believes Foster jumped in too early and has demanded neutral officials inside and out of the ring for his mouth-watering rematch with Froch at Wembley a week on Saturday
Froch's promoters Matchroom Sport have already refused the IBF's proposal of American Jack Reiss taking charge of the WBA and IBF title clash.
And the referees and judges may not be confirmed until next week with both camps able to veto any official they wish.
Groves said: "The referee that Matchroom threw out, we were more than happy with him.
"We think a good, experienced referee, who takes no prisoners would be a good addition.
"We want someone who is not afraid to make themselves known and won't be intimated by a big crowd.
"We thought he was a good guy who fit that description. We will see what the next name is."
Groves has been getting involved in plenty of mind games in the build-up to the rematch as he tries to get inside Froch's head again.
He has been goading the defending champion on Twitter and on TV, and even used a Rubik's cube during the first press conference to show he was not interested in listening to his rival.
The Hammersmith fighter admits he has taken inspiration from boxing legend Muhammad Ali who was famous for having opponents in a spin before fights.
He said: "Ali was class, maybe he stumbled across it, maybe he knew about it, maybe he was doing it to sell fights back then.
"He most certainly paid the price for it at times, he was an unpopular fighter for large parts of his career but he always got the job done, sold tickets and got in his opponent's heads.
"It's fascinating, it adds an element of a storyline to it, pantomime at times and takes the fans on a journey. But we never rely on it to work."