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    by David P. Greisman - Both men came in with the knowledge that they could hurt each other and could be hurt by each other. They had learned this truth in their first fight, but that truth was not the whole truth. Any fact can be seen through the prism of opinion.

    What buttressed both Carl Froch and George Groves was the belief that his foe had not done enough to finish him.

    There was truth to this, too.

    Groves had knocked Froch down hard in the first round of the first fight. He had controlled most of the first six rounds of the bout, the upstart unproven contender using this start to prove he belonged in with the accomplished veteran titleholder. Groves was ahead on the scorecards after eight. But Froch was still there in the ninth, and as long as he was still there, he still had a chance.

    After all, Froch had been in similar positions four and a half years before then — on the canvas early, deposited down there by a counter right hand landed by a faster, younger opponent. Froch had been behind as his fight with Jermain Taylor got late, and he remained behind almost as late as he could go without losing. As the 12th round began, two judges had Taylor ahead. As the 12th round got going, Froch had Taylor down.

    The knockdown hurt Taylor badly. Froch needed to end Taylor quickly. He continued to attack, hoping the referee would step in to stop him before the final bell would force him to do so. He got the win with just 14 seconds left.

    There was much more time left against Groves, yet there was similar urgency. It was better to get started before the end.

    What began with two men exchanging punches soon became Froch getting the better of the exchange, for one punch had left Groves wobbled and attempting to hold on. Froch sought to keep him from holding on and to take him off his feet. Froch landed a hard left hook and a right hand. Groves leaned back against the ropes, came forward to throw a few of his own, got caught once more and then covered up, stepping forward with his head down. [Click Here To Read More]

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    I did find it curious that Donaire was allowed to take "time outs" two of the three times that he did. The first time was warranted, because of the cut suffered on his left eyelid from the head butt. The second one he took after being butted above the right eye seemed questionable because there was no cut. On the third time out, it just seemed that Donaire was bothered by the cut he had suffered earlier. That he was able to just stop fighting, go to the doctor and have the cut inspected and wiped a bit the two latter times seemed unwarranted and against the rules. When a fighter turns away from his opponent well after a foul was committed because of his discomfort, it could and should be viewed that he is abandoning the fight. In this case though, it just gave Donaire the opportunity to have his wound wiped clean so he could reset. It should be noted that the final time he turned away from the fight was after he turned up the heat and scored a knock down against Vetyeka. It appeared to be a tactic used to ensure that he got the victory on the score cards after the conclusion of the 4th round. I don't necessarily blame the fighters, because they will do whatever it takes to win. The referees however, need to be clear on the rules and enforce them properly.