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Froch: Groves Must Block Out Tragedy of Last Fight To Win Title

By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star

CARL FROCH believes George Groves has to put Eduard Gutknecht to the back of his mind ahead of Saturday’s world title clash against Fedor Chudinov.

Groves, who lost two world title fights against Froch, faces Chudinov for the WBA super-middleweight title at Bramall Lane.

It is the Londoner’s fourth crack at a world title after he also lost to former WBC title holder Badou Jack in 2015.

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But after Groves’ last win against Gutknecht, the German-based fighter was left in a coma when he collapsed in the dressing room post fight.

Gutknecht is now unable to walk and it is believed he will need care for the rest of his life.

“I think he just has to put it down as one of them things that is unfortunate,” said Froch. "It’s down to George and his personality in how he deals with that. Some people don’t cope with things like that as good as others.

“It’s not like losing a family member but he is in a bad way. As an athlete and a sportsman, I wouldn’t harbour anything that would be negative for my career.

“I would put it down as it is unfortunate that the kid has got injured, a terrible injury and you wouldn’t want it to happen to anyone, but you have to move on. I don’t think George has said anything since that would say to me he won’t be the guy he was.”

Limited tickets remain on sale priced as follows: tiered seating at £40, £60 and £80 and pitch seats at £80, £100, £150 and £200 –VIP Packages are sold out.

 Tickets are on sale from Sheffield United’s Box Office at http://www.sufc.co.uk/tickets/, on 0114 253 7200 and in person from the box office at Bramall Lane – all tickets purchased from Sheffield United are subject to a 10 per cent booking fee. Face value tickets for May 27 are also be available from http://www.stubhub.co.uk/matchroom-boxing-tickets/ .

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