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Hearn Plans Last Ditch Effort To Finalize Froch-Groves II

By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star

CARL FROCH and George Groves will come face-to-face again this week after agreeing to a rematch. Four football venues – The Etihad Stadium, The Emirates Stadium, Old Trafford and The City Ground - as well as England Rugby HQ Twickenham are being considered to stage Froch-Groves II on May 31 after their first thrilling clash ended controversially.

Froch, 36, stopped Londoner Groves, 25, in the ninth round after being decked in the first – but the decision to halt the scrap has left fight fans calling for a rematch.

Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn now plans to get the bitter rivals in the same room for crunch talks to seal a deal before the February 4 deadline set by the IBF.

Hearn said: “We are planning to sit down this week to try and iron out this deal because at the moment we are just going back and forth.

“George thinks he should get this much and Carl thinks George should get this much. I’m just going to get them in a room and let them go at it. Not literally I hope.

“It’s about closing the nitty gritty of the deal now. I think we need a capacity of at least 60,000 for this fight.”

IBF-WBA world super-middleweight champion Froch already has an offer to fight Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez in Las Vegas.

Hearn said: “The IBF have ordered the rematch to take place and ordered a split of the purse of 85-15 for a rematch and George Groves has appealed that decision.

“We have until February 4 to agree a deal between Groves and Froch and if that doesn’t happen there could be a purse bid 30 days after that.

“The problem we have is the very lucrative offer from Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and HBO in America to hold a fight with him in Las Vegas.

“We’re under a little bit of pressure time-wise, to make our decision whether we fight George Groves, which is absolutely our priority at the moment.

“But if the contract situation drags on and on, then we may be forced into exploring the other option.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Daddy T on 01-29-2014

[QUOTE=BattlingNelson;14182169]When a challenger is ranked from 6-10, the split is 85-15.[/QUOTE] Yeah, that's from number 3 down I think.

Comment by ScottWeiland on 01-29-2014

[QUOTE=LacedUp;14182171]I thought it was below 1 & 2?[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=BattlingNelson;14182471]You might be correct. I just skimmed the rules. I'm not sure from where I got my below no.5 line.[/QUOTE] Is this if it reverts to purse bids,or if it goes to…

Comment by El Angel on 01-29-2014

Froch-Groves II or Froch-Chavez Jr., I'm good either way.

Comment by wiz1030 on 01-29-2014

A little off-topic but i think it's really dope they can have a fight like this in Etihad or at the Emirates. That UK boxing support is top notch.

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 01-29-2014

[QUOTE=Clegg;14182028] I've seen posts stating that Hearn is only willing to do the fight if Groves agrees to options on his future fights. I don't agree with that kind of thing, it's a typical Warren move and if true it's…

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