Froch Leaves No Doubt, KO’s Groves in the 8th
Carl Froch scored an 8th round knockout victory over George Groves to retain his WBA and IBF Supper Middleweight titles in front of a mammoth crowd of 80,000 in Wembley Stadium, London on Saturday night.
In front of a soccer-crowd atmosphere, Carl Froch struck with a thunderous right hand to the jaw that sent Georges Groves sprawling to the canvass. The end came at 2:34 in round number 8. This time, there were no complaints from Groves.
Groves would later tell Skybox office: “I am fine. It is boxing. Fair play to Carl, he caught me. I thought I was doing very well in the fight but it is boxing. I have to hold my hands up and I’ll come back bigger and better and stronger. I feel like I let myself down but congrats to Carl, fair play. He got the punch and I congratulate him.”
Groves was correct. He let himself down because he was doing very well in the fight.
Froch started slow in the fight while Groves was able to dictate the tempo from the outside. He constantly peppered Froch with jabs and power shots while seemingly getting the better of the champion in the first four rounds. Sensing danger, Froch began to attack in round 5 by landing punches in flurries while Groves countered with single punches. As the sixth round started, Groves’ face looked a little concerned as the champion was starting to be more accurate with his punches.
A jolting left jab gave Froch control of round 7, but a resilient Groves fought back with counters and seemed to dictate the tempo again. It was nip and tuck action and the crowd was getting their money’s worth.
The crowd exploded when Froch landed the right cross that was heard in Nottingham. Groves’ was momentarily stunned and when he got up on shaky legs, the referee had decided to stop the fight. This time, it didn’t look premature.
There was no controversy on the stoppage, but there one was afterwards. Froch took a knee, but not from a punch. He got down on one knee in front of his model girlfriend Rachel Cordingley. It seemed that he was proposing but he later said that “he didn’t officially propose” because he “couldn’t sort the ring out”. But Froch added that he will be marrying her and that he asked her a “sneaky question” which she gave a “yes” answer. Whether that was a marriage proposal or not was the only controversial moment of an otherwise historic and victorious night for Froch and the sport of boxing.
What the Future Holds
While Froch left no doubt about the outcome, Groves’ performance didn’t just earn him the biggest payday of his career. He proved that he is a world class contender who can be a champion someday. Goves’ is only 26 and has recently signed with Sauerland Promotions. He might be looking forward to bouts with other great European boxers like Mikkel Kessler, Arthur Abraham and Robert Steiglitz.
As for Froch, the door is wide open for a rematch with Ring Super Middleweight king Andre Ward, that is if Ward can settle his legal issues and get back in the ring soon. Ward is the only man that Froch hasn’t beaten in his storied career. And it was Ward who handed him the second career loss in 2011. Beating Ward will complete the book on the famous Nottingham “Cobra”.
But the realistic fight that can be made this time would be a Las Vegas duel with the hard hitting Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. That would be an easy fight to sell in the US, and that would give the American public the opportunity to see one of the greatest British boxers of All-time.
Froch says that “he’d love to fight in Last Vegas” because “it ticks a special box” in him. However, he also said that fighting in front of 80,000 people is something his kids can be proud of in the future.
Boxing’s self-proclaimed greatest bxer ever Floyd Mayweather Jr. always dreamed of fighting at Wembley Stadium. He flirted that idea against De La Hoya before and then Pacquiao. But it was just all-talk and more dream. But Carl Froch and George Groves proved that a Wembley fight is not a dream promoters can make the right fights. That’s one lesson this rematch has taught us.
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