By Marc Williams, courtesy of The Daily Star
CARL FROCH believes he and George Groves have now buried the hatchet in their long-running rivalry.
Groves finally became a world champion at the weekend when stopped Fedor Chudinov in the sixth round in Sheffield to claim the WBA super-middleweight title.
Froch and Groves have a well-documented feud following the former’s controversial victory in 2013.
On that night Groves lost his first world title shot when the Londoner was stopped prematurely by referee Howard Foster.
Froch then won the rematch at Wembley six months later with a devastating knock out and tensions have simmered between the pair since.
But following the events of last weekend, Froch reckons their bad blood is now behind them.
He told Sky Sports: "I couldn't do anything other than applaud George Groves' win.
"We did catch each other's eyes at the end and it just made me feel good.
"I applauded him nodding 'well done' and he looked at me and went 'thanks', as if to say that hatchet has been buried and we can move on now.
"He so desperately wanted to be a world champion and he came desperately close in the first fight with me."
Froch also believes Groves would triumph if a blockbuster fight against IBF super-middleweight champion and fellow long-term foe James DeGale can be arranged.
Groves beat DeGale in a closely fought bout way back in May 2011 and Froch wants to see a rematch.
He added: “Groves has got his fitness in check and Shane McGuigan, his fitness coach and his nutritionist have done a great job. He can have a scrap and get through it.
"I will definitely say it now: he beats James DeGale.
"He could be his nemesis for a start. He beat him in the amateurs, he beat him as a professional and he [DeGale] got his teeth knocked out by Badou Jack.
"Losing your teeth doesn't mean you're a bad fighter, but he was beaten up badly and nicked the draw.
"George Groves now looks like he is getting better, but with DeGale he is at that point where you think he's not."