By Nick Parkinson
World super middleweight champion Carl Froch said he would consider a rematch with George Groves after what the beaten challenger called an "unjust" stoppage in a dramatic all-British bout in Manchester last Saturday night.
Groves, defying all predictions, sent Froch to the canvas in the first round and appeared to be well ahead on points when referee Howard Foster stopped him on his feet in the ninth round. As a result, Froch retained his International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Association (WBA) titles. Foster's controversial decision was met by boos from the crowd and afterwards Groves insisted he was fit to carry on.
Froch was adamant Foster had rescued Groves from an inevitable knockout, and possibly a career-threatening blow, but added he would be open to a rematch.
"It was a tough fight but I broke him down in rounds seven and eight and stopped him in the ninth," Froch said. "I got off to a slow start and he's tough, but he's not that tough because he got stopped. You don't want to see a kid get knocked unconscious cold and carried out on a stretcher."