Advertisement
Advertisement

Owen Upset With The Post-Fight Treatment of Carl Froch

A former England football international has hit out at boxing fans after they booed the defending champion after last Saturday’'s controversial refereeing decision.

Writing exclusively on Sportlobster.com former England football international, Michael Owen, criticised boxing fans for the negative reception they gave the IBF and WBA super-middleweight champion Carl Froch after the referee’s stoppage against George Groves.

Groves, the challenger, knocked down his opponent in the opening round, and led on all three judge scorecards going into the ninth, before Froch put together a series of good combinations and referee Howard Foster jumped in - a decision many observers felt premature.

Owen, a former amateur boxer himself for three years, with two official bouts at the age of eleven, has spoken out about the sudden transformation of public opinion following the fight at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on November 23, 2013:

“Quite remarkably [by the end of the fight], the feeling towards both fighters from the majority of observers had completely turned on its head. All of a sudden Groves, who had entered the ring as the villain, was getting lauded in defeat and the hero was getting booed, even though he had done nothing wrong and had actually won the fight. It was this change in opinion I simply couldn’t come to terms with.”

Owen also questions the fickle nature of the fan response towards Groves:

“He fully deserved his standing ovation at the end of the fight and, as such, I do wonder why he was hated so much in the minutes leading up to the fight. Furthermore, I’d love to understand the mind-set of those people who slaughtered him during his ring entrance and then cheered him on his way out – there were plenty of them.”

Speaking about Froch, Owen adds:

“We should celebrate winners, yet all we heard was a chorus of boos directed towards Froch as he spoke in the aftermath of his fight. Of course, there is inevitably going to be some frustration among the paying public because of the referee’s hasty decision, but to target frustrations at Froch was an utter disgrace.

“I can only attribute this type of behaviour to the way we are brought up in this country where we have a history of celebrating great sporting near misses.

“Of course we should celebrate George Groves, a youngster who we all hope has a great future at world level, but let’s also praise the person who should be receiving the vast majority of the plaudits – that is Carl Froch, the actual winner.”

Follow Michael Owen’s blogs at sportlobster.com/themichaelowen

Tags: Carl Froch image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by oldtimer on 11-29-2013

I think the main reason Froch got booed is because he is a narcissistic self righteous twat. there is not one ounce of humility in his body. I have seen interviews where he refers to himself as a living legend.…

Comment by LacedUp on 11-29-2013

[QUOTE=taansend;13975688]What the multi millionaire, race horse owning Owen may not appreciate is that working class men spent up to a weeks wages on a fight that was robbed of a conclusive ending by a poor ref who acted on reputation…

Comment by LacedUp on 11-29-2013

[QUOTE=yoz;13975451]Groves absolutely dominated Froch in the early rounds; he made Froch look like an immobile old man. However, from round 6, Groves was blowing hard and Froch was coming on strong. The fight was only going one way: a Froch…

Comment by taansend on 11-28-2013

What the multi millionaire, race horse owning Owen may not appreciate is that working class men spent up to a weeks wages on a fight that was robbed of a conclusive ending by a poor ref who acted on reputation…

Comment by FrenchDeLaHoya on 11-28-2013

fck post fight.. boxing fans are upset with during fight treatment of george groves

Post a Comment/View More User Comments (28)
Top Headlines David Haye: I'll Be Surprised if Shannon Briggs Beats Dimitrenko Video: Lennox Lewis Hits Las Vegas For Canelo vs. Khan Canelo's Trainer: Golovkin is Not a Difficult Fight, It's Only Tough Hopkins: Big Not Always Better, But Canelo KO's Khan in 9 or 10 Glen Tapia on David Lemiex Fight: I Will Turn My Haters Into Fans Video: WBC Prez on Canelo-Golovkin Situation, Khan, Stevenson Hunter: Khan Winning is No Upset, Canelo is NOT Very Good Video: Evander Holyfield Breaks Down The Heavyweight Division Hunter Feels Canelo's Edge Due to Weight a Bit Exaggerated Video: Hopkins on Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner, Canelo-Khan Khan Says KO is Tough, Confident He Can Box Canelo's Ears Off Photos/Weights: Marvin Quintero vs. Petr Petrov, More De La Hoya: People Laughed at My Pacquiao Fight - He Retired Me! Video: Lucas Matthysse on Career Status, Future in Boxing Video: Eddie Hearn Talks Joshua, Fury, Crolla, Groves, Murray Photos: Canelo vs. Khan Undercard Final Press Conference Hunter Admits Amir Khan Lacking 'Killer Instinct' in His Arsenal Felix Diaz vs. Miguel Vazquez: PBC on FS1, 5/28 WBC: Adonis Stevenson Must Face Eleider Alvarez After Next Fight Video: Joe Gallagher Talks Crolla vs. Barroso Clash Canelo-Khan II Would Be Pursued in '16 if Khan Wins De La Hoya's Story in Doubt as Trump 'Great Golfer' Video Surfaces Alantez Fox Faces Milton Nunez on PBC on Bounce Video: Anthony Crolla Ready For Barroso Showdown WBC Prez: Mayweather is Champion Emeritus Like Klitschko Was Lemieux: I Still Believe That I Can Beat Gennady Golovkin Zolani Tete is Upset By Withdrawal of Zhanat Zhakiyanov WBC: If Khan Wins, He Can Choose Golovkin at 160 or Garcia at 147 Kermit Cintron Ready For Battle With Eduardo Flores Photos: Canelo vs. Khan Undercard Open Workouts Photos: Anthony Crolla, Ismael Barroso Go Face To Face Deontay Wilder Possibility Helped Draw Joshua To Showtime Broner: I Showed More In Maidana Loss Than In My Wins Khan: Look at Kell Brook's Last 10 Foes, Is It Worth Fighting Him? Jason Quigley: For Me - It's Live Fast and Die a Legend Hearn: I Made Derry Mathews Offer For Dodd on Bellew-Makabu Pulev vs. Chisora Provides Heavyweight Punch To AWE Doubleheader Canelo: While I'm at 155-Pounds, I'm Not Facing Anyone at 160 Hamed Backs Carl Frampton To Overcome Leo Santa Cruz British Boxing Update: Nick Blackwell, Ryan Fields, Welborn
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement