By Edward Chaykosvky
Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom believes the upcoming monster show at London's Wembley Stadium is quite possibly the biggest card that he's ever going to stage in his promotional career. 80,000 fans are expected to pack the venue to watch the rematch between IBF/WBA 'regular' super middleweight champion Carl Froch and his domestic rival George Groves.
Froch stopped Groves the first time, with a controversial nine round stoppage. Groves, who dropped Froch in the first and won several of the rounds, was ahead on the cards at the time of the TKO. Fans are wondering if Froch can repeat with another win, or will Groves start even faster and get revenge.
"People keep asking me as a promoter how can you top an event and an occasion like this and I'm not sure you can," says Hearn, who is now considered as one of boxing's great promoters. You can strive towards getting back there and putting on great events, but fights in an outdoor stadium with 20,000 is a success, with 40,000 it's a dream, with 80,000 is just crazy," Hearn told The Nottingham Post.
"So can it be repeated? I'm not sure it can. But what it does show, and for the sport of boxing, is that it does have huge potential to capture everybody's imagination if the right fights are made. But the rivalry between Carl and George, allied with the controversy of the first fight, has propelled it to a different level. Sometimes you need all those ingredients for something of this magnitude and that's not going to come around again very often."