Will Groves Finish Froch This Time?
Wembley Stadium will be the venue for the May 31 rematch between WBA and IBF Super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch and challenger George “Saint” Groves.
Filling Up Wembley
60,000 tickets sold out in under an hour while another 20,000 were made available last April 15 for what will be the biggest ever audience for a boxing match in Britain. The momentum of their November 23, 2013 fight has carried over and captured the imaginations of the British boxing fans who love their backyard rivalries like Lewis vs Bruno and Benn vs Eubank. To many boxing fans all over the globe, Froch vs Groves 2 is just another title match. But for Britain, it’s a fight worth filling up Wembley Stadium, the second largest stadium in Europe and one of the most popular in the world.
The rivalry between these two British boxers is intense and their hatred is pure. The champion Froch has vowed to “do serious business” with Groves in the ring. He went on to warn his bitter rival that he “will be stopped and could get hurt.” Boxing is a physical sport where fighters have to punch each other, but wanting to hurt the opponent must have bad motivation. Froch even suggested that “the judges might as well not bring their pens” because they won’t need them.
Groves feels the same way about Froch. He said that if he performs the way he’s trained in the gym, “it might not be even a fight.” Groves thinks that Froch is “so obvious and predictable” that he can tell Froch what punch he is going to knock him out with. He added that “boxing will have a new era” after he knocks out Froch.
So with drama this intense, the stage is set for Saturday at Wembley Stadium.
Carl Froch is the number 1 pound for pound boxer in Britain. He previously held the British, Commonwealth and English Super middleweight titles in the past. He is a two time WBC Super middleweight titleholder. Last year, he beat Luican Bute and Mikkel Kessler to win the IBF and WBA super middleweight belts. Froch is 32-2 with 23 KO’s. His only losses were to Mikkel Kessler and Ring champion Andre Ward.
Froch is not the best boxer out there today. He is 36 years old and is not even technically sound or fast. But Froch is one tough cookie. As Groves said in a rare compliment of his rival:” There is not much of quit in him.” Froch always gives himself the opportunity to win by hanging on despite being down on points. He did that against Jermain Taylor and he did that against Groves.
Finishing the Job
Saturday’s bout will only be the second time that Groves is fighting for a major belt. But he’s been Amateur, British and Commonwealth champion in the past. So it’s incorrect to just dismiss him as a tough punk who was lucky to score a first round knockdown against the great Carl Froch. In fact, he was leading in the scorecards coming into that uneventful ninth round when the fight was stopped by the referee after Froch landed a barrage of punches that hurt Groves.
Many boxing fans believed that the stoppage was premature and that Groves wasn’t given the opportunity to survive despite the fact that he was ahead in the score sheets. It’s this controversy that has fueled the clamor for this rematch and sold some 80,000 tickets for May 31.
Groves hopes to shine on the biggest stage and finish the job this time around.
Victory For Boxing
Froch vs Groves 2 is a victory for the sport of boxing. In the bigger US market, promotional wars and disputes have denied the boxing public the best fights out there. Top rated boxers are being spoon fed with handpicked opponents by their promoters and its PPV numbers that matches boxers in Las Vegas.
Admittedly, British boxing fans love their fighters and follow them like their football stars. But Froch vs Groves 2 proves that boxing can still draw a mammoth crowd if the right fights are made.
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