Froch Turns Back The Clock in Camp For Groves Clash

Carl Froch claims he has "gone back to old school" as he attempts to silence George Groves once and for all in their highly anticipated grudge re-match at the end of the month.

Froch retained his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles in the first meeting between the two fighters last November when referee Howard Foster controversially halted the bout in the ninth round, with many observers feeling Groves was in a position to continue despite being under attack.

Londoner Groves knocked down the champion in the opening round and had enjoyed the better exchanges throughout up until the stoppage, which prompted boos at the Manchester Arena.

With the re-match agreed to take place at Wembley on May 31, Froch admitted he is looking to improve his performance second time around.

"I've gone back to the old school a little bit and got the blood, sweat and smell back in the air," Froch said on Sky Sports 1's Ringside: Froch/Groves Special.

"After I lost to Mikkel Kessler the first time in Herning in 2010, I start training in Sheffield full-time, I was on the case day and night, and that's what I do when I'm in Sheffield.

"So I'm mimicking what I did back then. I feel as good as I could possibly feel at this stage of my career and I'm not going to talk about targets and goals or mentally where I am, but I am in a fantastic place right now.

"I'm looking forward to getting this fight done and dusted because I'm excited about showcasing my skills and my talents on this massive platform."

Froch was eager to project a demeanour of calm, having been visibly irked on a number of occasions by Groves' taunts in the build-up to their first fight.

The challenger once again attempted to engage Froch in mind games, questioning his foe on a number of issues, but the Nottingham fighter was unmoved.

"It was all very intense and heated the first time, a bit unnecessarily so. I'm cool this time, relaxed and looking forward to it," he said.

"This time it's all about Carl Froch, nothing else. I spent too much time focusing energy on George Groves and thinking about what he was saying and getting emotionally involved with it.

"That's not happening now, it's all about me and what I'm doing right, I'm focusing on me. It's working well for me."

Groves, who revealed he does not dislike Froch, admits there is unfinished business between the pair and once more claimed the 36-year-old is a reluctant participant in the re-match.

"The fight is essentially unfinished, the referee stopped it when it shouldn't have been stopped," he said.

"Carl has to take a fight he doesn't want to take, he has to come to my back garden, so whether things have changed for him or not it probably won't make a difference on fight night."

He added: "I'm calm because that's how I have to be to fight. I'm always emotionless, so I don't have to hate my opponents just to get up for training.

"I haven't got any animosity or any feeling towards anyone, I just want to fight."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by thack on 05-02-2014

almost felt sorry for Froch on ringside , Groves has done this poor chaps head in!

Comment by kafkod on 05-02-2014

[QUOTE=kavi521;14491796]Was at the gym last night and my boxing coach says that there is a rumour going around that Eubank jr was sparring with Froch and dropped him. I don't believe it to be fair but they have been sparring.....…

Comment by kafkod on 05-02-2014

The psychologist Froch is seeing must be doing a good job. Before the last fight, he would get visibly angry and frustrated whenever he argued with Groves. Now, he seems to be enjoying the exchanges.

Comment by Ham Porter on 05-02-2014

I think Groves will stop him inside of six rounds. Froch really had major problems measuring distance in that fight, which placed him at long range with a guy with a significant speed advantage, a guy with a much better,…

Comment by Clenelo on 05-02-2014

Froch is damaged goods waiting to be finished off.

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