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Froch: Fans Would Support Me, Groves Struggling To Sell

By Edward Chaykovsky

The bad blood between super middleweights Carl Froch and George Groves is far from over. After two tension filled encounters, a third fight could be brewing for 2015.

Groves (19-2, 15KOs) came close to beating Froch (33-2, 24KOs) last November and found himself on the losing end of a controversial ninth round stoppage. Their May rematch drew a record crowd of 80,000 fans to Wembley Stadium. Froch once again prevailed, stopping Groves with a devastating knockout in the eight.

Speaking with the Nottingham Post, Froch made it clear that he was the actual drawing card for the huge crowd at Wembley. He says Groves is struggling to sell tickets to his September 20th fight with Christopher Rebrasse at the 12,500 seat Wembley Arena. For his next fight, Froch is looking to pack 30,000 fans into City Ground - and says he doesn't need a third fight with Groves to do it. 

"Without blowing my own trumpet, people would come to see me. George Groves proves that. He's struggling to sell a couple of thousand tickets for his next fight at Wembley Arena, never mind 80,000 at Wembley Stadium," Froch said.

Froch's promoter, Eddie Hearn, says mandatory challenger James DeGale is the favorite to land the fight with Froch.

"James is obviously Carl’s mandatory challenger for the IBF super middleweight belt and under those terms Carl has to fight him by the end of February or give up the belt. Carl is not the sort of fighter who just gives up a belt so I think that fight is now very likely," Hearn said. "DeGale is the strong favorite at the moment. He is young, hungry and talented."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LacedUp on 09-07-2014

[QUOTE=Dirk Diggler UK;14921846]It's common knowledge. Why do you think Booth was fishing around for a bigger fight?[/QUOTE] I think its more a case of them realizing they didn't have to fight Charr on regular Sky, when they could fight Fury…

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 09-07-2014

[QUOTE=LacedUp;14921834]They offered, he was offered. Same thing. Do you have any proof that it was 'tanking' in ticket sales? Or is it just an assumption?[/QUOTE] It's common knowledge. Why do you think Booth was fishing around for a bigger fight?

Comment by LacedUp on 09-07-2014

[QUOTE=Dirk Diggler UK;14921815]No.....they offered Fury a fight. After they saw Fury's performance in America against Cunningham, Adam Booth was straight on the phone to Fury's team. This was all whilst the Charr fight was still signed and absolutely tanking at…

Comment by Dirk Diggler UK on 09-07-2014

[QUOTE=LacedUp;14921791]This isn't really true. Haye-Charr wasn't a PPV fight, no one knows how ticket sales were going. He was offered a Fury fight, £5million and massive coverage. That's why he cancelled it. Not because it was doing poorly, but because…

Comment by LacedUp on 09-07-2014

[QUOTE=Dirk Diggler UK;14917845]David Haye cancelled the Manuel Charr fight because it was absolutely tanking at the box office. And that was at the M.E.N which barely holds 20,000[/QUOTE] This isn't really true. Haye-Charr wasn't a PPV fight, no one knows…

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