Britain’s Biggest Bout: Final Thoughts on Froch vs Groves 2
As fight day nears, the highly anticipated rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves continues to grab boxing headlines all over the world. And while it was supposed to be Britain’s war, it’s become a global headline that looks to put boxing back to the top of the sporting world.
In a report by the UK telegraph, Nottingham’s Carl Froch will earn an estimated $13M (GBP 8M) while George Groves will make at least $3.3M (GBP 2M) for their fight on Saturday at Wembley Stadium. The rematch between the two British boxers fetched an estimated 80,000 tickets and is widely considered as the biggest boxing match in Britain’s history. And now we know it will also be the richest for its two protagonists.
Pride More Than Pay
Yet the bout means more than making tons of money for Froch and Groves. It’s all about pride and more importantly. it will be for the bragging rights of being Britain’s top boxing draw. For Froch, it will be an affirmation of his November 2013 win over Groves. For Groves, it will be a quest for justice after their first fight was ruled by the IBF as “prematurely ended.”
The months leading up to the bout have been filled with drama and trash talking. It has made both men not only British sensations but world famous boxers by now. And with the bad blood in between the first fight and the upcoming rematch, the huge stage is ready for both ring gladiators.
In their final press conference last Thursday, both men looked focused and determined. And while everyone was expecting another heated encounter, both men were diplomatic and were seemingly in a good mood 48 hours away from perhaps the biggest fight of their careers. Groves had one last big verbal jab at the champion.
A confident George Groves promised to say that he’ll announce on fight week how he’ll knock out the champion Carl Froch. Graves was true to his word. He said that the “left hook finishes Froch” come Saturday night because it’s the punch that he’s worked on in his training camp.He also predicted that he will stop Froch in the third round while his trainer Paddy “thinks it will be five”.
During their first encounter, Groves shocked the world when he scored a knockdown over Froch, dropping the WBA/IBF Super Middleweight champion with a right hand. Froch survived and went on to stop Groves in the 9th round. This time around, Groves says he will dictate the fight from the opening bell and finish the job.
Froch shrugged off the “left hook finish” statement by Groves and he countered he’ll “keep his right hand up”. But in the weeks leading to the bout, Froch said he’s never been so intense since the Arthur Arbaham fight. He added that he’s left “no stone unturned” during training and that he’s in the best shape of his life.
The boxer bragged that he trains for 15 round fights and would love to go to 15 rounds of war with the challenger. But he says that this one is not going to go the distance. He even urged the judges not to bring their pens along because they won’t be needing it.
Froch said he wants to stand in middle of the ring with Groves and trade shots. Froch warned that Groves could get hurt because he is going to do “serious business inside the ring” and that “is bad news” for George Groves.
Fight is On
Froch tipped the scales at 167.9 lbs while Groves was lighter at 166.4 lbs during the official weigh-in for the fight dubbed as “Unfinished Business.” The WBA/IBF Super Middleweight titles are on the line, but it’s the side show that will make it more interesting than the belts. These men have gone at each other for months now using their words. Tomorrow, they get one more chance to go at it with their fists.
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