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Carl Froch: I Will Definitely Say it Now - Groves Will Beat DeGale!

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.

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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."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sadiqkingofko on 06-01-2017

DeGale hasn't had a clear win against top level opposition through out his career, I had his fight against Dirrell as 113-113, against Bute 114-114, against Medina 113-115, and against Jack 111-117, so imo his record in the last 4…

Comment by Sparked_26 on 05-31-2017

I like Groves in the fight as well. He's just more consistent. And the Groves jab is the outstanding punch between them. Degale is quality when he gets combinations off but can't sustain it.

Comment by Sickmerch1990 on 05-31-2017

Degale would of been an easy win for froch chunky lucky to win v dirrel bute porkey and lost v average badou jack fluked olympic gold and fluked a ibf title but by thr beaten he took from jack his…

Comment by Sickmerch1990 on 05-31-2017

Froch is a legend only calzaghe and ward been better smw than him taylor pascal johnson groves kessler abraham bute dirrell all after each other besides the yusuf mack fight once he was champ he fought only the best not…

Comment by petero on 05-31-2017

I'm glad to see these two put the bitterness behind them. You look at the old rivals Ali, Frasier, Foreman and how they were respectful and friends in the end. It's a good example of sportsmanship from Froch.

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