No love lost between Froch and Groves
- Updated: May 28, 2014
There’s no question that there is plenty of bad blood between Carl Froch and George Groves heading into Saturday night’s rematch in London.
When the two first met in November 2013, Froch (32-2, 23 KOs) was seen as the clear favorite to retain his super middleweight title, but it was quite apparent early on that this would be no easy night for “The Cobra”, as Groves (19-1, 15 KOs) appeared to be having little trouble finding Froch with the right hand. Froch is typically fine with taking a punch if he can land a few of his own, but Groves was landing with higher frequency and a well-timed right hand put Froch on the canvas in the opening round.
“I wasn’t feeling sharp I didn’t really want to get in the mood. I didn’t really want to warm up or want to be on the ball, I was just like ‘let’s get this fight out the way’, and I’ve been there before in my career and I just want to get it done and dusted. My A-game, it wasn’t there that night, for many reasons,” said Froch on Sky Sports’ two-part Behind The Ropes show.
Groves continued having success in the first half until Froch finally found his footing about midway through, but it was all controversy in the ninth round when Froch hurt Groves twice and a short series of punches later, the fight was stopped.
“I hit George Groves with an over hand right hand that he didn’t see coming and his legs stiffened and he stumbled towards me,” explained Froch. “He grabbed my legs, the ref saw that and I saw it. George was gone; he was in serious, serious trouble. I shoved him off of me, backed him up against the ropes, landed a right hand, a left hook landed, another right hand, another left hook. He was stumbling looking like he was trying to do something, and he was gone looking at the floor, his arms was slumped and his head was slumped. I would have preferred the fight to have gone on longer because I was on top I was in control I was doing what I do I was punishing him and lining him up for the big finish.”
“George Groves has been going to the opening of an envelope, dinning out on his round one knockdown against The Cobra and giving it large,” said Froch. “But that’s his prerogative if he is enjoying the moment his little time his little five minutes of fame then you know he should do he should enjoy it, but really he should be concentrating on his fighting and his boxing.
Added Groves in response, “He is ignorant enough that if he is getting hit as long as he is landing something he will keep punching. Technically it’s terrible. It’s an awful, awful style you would never encourage a fighter to box that way, you would never encourage a young kid who’s just joined the gym to box like that.”
“He is not a fighting man, he doesn’t stalk people, he doesn’t pressure fight, he doesn’t back people up with aggression. He likes to stand at long range flick out a jab and hope that switches his opponent off enough so that he can dive in gun-slinging punching from the hip, crossing his feet, after two three punches digging his heels in deep enough so he can keep punching.
“Every time he gets caught he wants to go and trade he only ever trades like that when he has no other options so again coming back to that warrior mentality. I feel like it’s a false truth because if he could sit and dance and look pretty then he would but he doesn’t have to ability to do that so it’s always back against the wall stuff with him. If you go back and look at his fights it’s always desperation and for that that’s the reason why you’ll see him fight he way he fights.
Despite the controversial nature of the stoppage, there’s no doubt that the fight was entertaining and full of drama. When they meet again this Saturday, they will both look to remove any doubt as to who is the better man.
“If he wants to concentrate on the physical aspect and that he feels he can be physically superior or superior enough that he has won the fight before he enters the ring; I wish him luck. He’s eleven years older than me, he’s coming off the back of a horrific beating and if he trying to do something different and runs the risk of over training,” said Groves.
“It was effective and it worked but it will not happen twice – no chance,” proclaimed Froch. “I might be stupid for the first one but I’m not double stupid, and I won’t make the same mistake twice. I can think about George, I cannot think about him, I can listen to him, I cannot listen to him, it’s all a bit ‘whatever, in one ear and out the other’. I’m just not paying any attention to him.”