Advertisement: IBO Boxing
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com
Advertisement

Froch Reacts To Groves: Referee Did Him a Massive Favor in First Fight

A few days ago, George Groves explained that he was still in firm disagreement with referee Howard Foster's decision to stop his first bout with Carl Froch in the ninth round.

Groves had dropped Froch in the first and was up on all three of the official scorecards when the contest was stopped.

The outcome led to a rematch the following year, with 80,000 fans packing Wembley Stadium to watch Froch knock Groves out in the eight round. The fight was a close split decision on the cards at the time of the knockout.

froch-groves-rematch (13)

The first time around, Groves believes that he could have pulled off a knockout if there had been more time in the first round.

"I think it was funny what he said," Froch told Sky Sports. "He's quite a character, I enjoyed it, but that thing about knocking me out was nonsense.

"What else is he going to do? He hit me with loads of shots after that. I went back in swinging like an idiot, missing. He beat me to the punch and hit me with about five or six absolute peaches of punches. He couldn't have caught me any sweeter after the knockdown, and I was still stood there.

"One minute doesn't give you the time to recover, that's not enough. Then I had rounds two, three, four, five and six, which he landed loads of shots on me. It gives me a headache watching the replay actually. No, another minute wouldn't have helped him, because I'm brutal. So tough and strong and I recover quick, I've got a granite jaw. I am 'The Cobra.'"

And Groves certainly believes Foster should have given him a lot more time when the contest was stopped.

Froch disagrees.

He believes Groves was completely exhausted and the referee saved him from the scenario of being brutally knocked out. 

"He emptied his tank in that sixth round and I had my successes as well when I watch it back," said Froch.

"I landed a few myself, but he did beat me to the punch, and he did have a lot more success than me (in the sixth round).

"He went back to his corner at the end of that round, absolutely shattered. I knew he was gone. He couldn't budge me and he knew he couldn't do anymore. I was getting my second wind. I had recovered from the first round knockdown. I was catching him, he was tired. The referee done him a massive favour, I'll always stand by that. What a perfect intervention by the A-star referee, that is Howard Foster."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by ArturoBalboa on 05-30-2020

[QUOTE=Jack_*****;20586180]Froch is just a massive ego with a massive nose.[/QUOTE] Not since his rhinoplasty the big ponce. Congratulations to SpaceX and the NASA astronauts for their successful launch this today. Why post this here? Because froch thinks the earth is…

Comment by PRINCEKOOL on 05-30-2020

Groves took a beating in the first fight, in the process of giving out a beating [B][U]'He was also beaten up'[/U][/B] by a man who was much harder physically. Froch has the fight progress was becoming immune to Grove's power,…

Comment by Jack_sh*t on 05-30-2020

Froch is just a massive ego with a massive nose.

Comment by Monty Fisto on 05-30-2020

[QUOTE=ArturoBalboa;20585185]It doesn’t sound contradictory, I understand exactly what you mean. It’s entirely understandable to believe the fight was going away from groves and the result was almost inevitable and also that the stoppage was premature. There is no way at…

Comment by alexjust on 05-30-2020

For someone who achieved so much he does come across as quite insecure. I can't imagine Wlad arguing this ****. In fact none of his opponents complain about unfairly losing to him. Not even Haye. Froch needs to grow up.…

ADD COMMENT VIEW COMMENTS (15)
Advertisement
Top Headlines
Helenius Willing To Face Luis Ortiz or Andy Ruiz in Final Eliminator Daniel Dubois, Joe Joyce Set For Interim-Bouts Ahead of October Fight Carlos Takam vs. Jerry Forrest: The Value Of Eyeballs Arum Updates on Taylor-Khongsong, Fury-Wilder, Frampton, Conlan, Ramirez-Postol Lomachenko vs. Lopez Now Targeted For October 3, Says Arum Felix Verdejo Promises More Aggression, Punching Against Madera DiBella: Tagoe vs. Ryan Garcia Would Be Highly Competitive, Exciting Carlos Castro, Cesar Juarez - Set For Fireworks Clash Carlos Takam, Jerry Forrest - Ready For Battle in Las Vegas Takam-Forrest Weigh-In Report From Las Vegas Jared Anderson: I Want To Stay as Active as Possible in real Fights Jayson Velez Explains Why He Selected Oscar Valdez Over Chris Colbert MTK Global Card in Kazakhstan Postponed Due To Lockdown DAZN Offering Free Beta Version Test For Summer Boxing Shows Joseph Parker vs. Junior Fa - Teams Continue Heated Talks To Finalize Deal Dillian Whyte Splits Amicably With Trainer Mark Tibbs Jason Moloney: This Is Just The Beginning, Ready To Cause Mayhem Manager: Valdez Looking To Make Statement On July 21, Then Challenge Berchelt Josh Taylor: I'm Really Confident I'll Knock Ramirez Out, Take All The Belts Rethinking P4P: Trying to Measure Who Beat Who...and When Jose Zepeda Outboxes Kendo Castaneda For Decision Win Luis Alberto Lopez Stuns Andy Vences For Upset Win Miguel Cotto Aims To Stage Event on August 22 in Puerto Rico Cutman Capetillo Reveals Tyson Fury's Generous Gesture During Pandemic Jose Zepeda: Anybody With a Belt at 140 pounds is Who I Want To Fight Frank Warren Hopes His Fighters Aim To Impress at BT Sport Studios Whyte Rejects Idea of Step-Aside Deal To Allow Fury-Joshua Jose Zepeda Boxes Past a Game Kendo Castaneda Over Ten Jose Zepeda vs. Kendo Castaneda - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Luis Alberto Lopez Rocks, Shocks Andy Vences With Split Decision Andres Cortes Overcomes Knockdown, Beats Alejandro Salinas On Points Gabriel Muratalla Out-Boxes Sergio Lopez, Wins Four-Round Unanimous Decision Verdejo Pumped To Finally Return, Aims To Be Impressive Against Madera Pedraza: Hopefully Get to Cross Paths With Zepeda One Day Again Jose Zepeda: People Will See My Best Performance Against Castaneda Hearn "Working Hard" To Finalize Katie Taylor-Delfine Persoon Rematch Castaneda: Everybody Thinks I Suck At Boxing; Can't Wait To Show World What I'm About Herring-Oquendo, Mayer-Joseph Card Set Down For 'The Bubble' Golden Boy, Mayweather Promotions, Top Rank Applied For Forgivable Loans Amid Pandemic BoxingScene.com's Television Pick of The Week - July 7
Advertisement
Advertisement
Latest Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement