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Breaking News!!! Carl Froch – George Groves Rematch Is On

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By. BrotherJR

February 13, 2014

After months of negotiations, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sports announced this morning that a deal has been reached for a rematch between IBF Super Middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch and George Groves. The rematch will take place on May 31 with Nottingham’s City Ground a likely destination. The Froch – Groves rematch is one of the biggest bouts in British history,  certainly the biggest fight in England since the Nigel Benn – Chris Eubank rematch in October 1993.

Froch and Groves first fought before a sold out crowd of 21,000 on Nov. 23 at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England in a corker of fight. The underdog Groves (19-1, 15 KOs) took control early and knocked down the defending champ Froch (32-2, 23 KOs) in round one via a right hand. Groves kept the pedal to the metal out-boxing Froch through the first eight rounds. In round nine however, “The Cobra” struck as Froch hurt Groves with a right hand. Froch followed up to try for the finish. While certainly hurt, Groves was fighting back. Then suddenly, the fight was controversially stopped by referee Howard John Foster causing an outrage not only by the Manchester crowd, but by many in the boxing community.

There was plenty of  bitterness and trash-talk between Froch and Groves leading up to their first battle in November, and in the aftermath, the bitterness and contempt has continued. Groves pleaded publicly for a rematch and made his case to the IBF last month. Froch on the other hand drew scorn from many within the boxing community by claiming he didn’t want a rematch and was looking at other options. With the announcement of this deal, it’s obvious that Froch has had an about-face and the boxing community is ecstatic. This rematch is highly anticipated, is what the people wanted, and WILL HAPPEN!

“I’m pleased to finally get my next fight confirmed,” said Froch. “We had a number of options but ultimately I listened to the public and gave them what they wanted, I expect this to be one of the biggest fights the country has ever seen.

“It’s been a difficult period for me following the first fight. I’ve had to listen to his endless whining and appeals when ultimately the referee did him perhaps the biggest favour possible and saved him from a devastating knockout, whilst denying me the right if a clinical finish and a great comeback victory.

“I was poor in the first fight. I didn’t give him the respect as a fighter and lacked the drive that I had against Lucian Bute and Mikkel Kessler. Well now he has my attention but ultimately it’s not going to get any better for George from here. He threw the kitchen sink at me that night and I still found a way back in the fight to win. I love to fight and I can’t wait to get back in there and do a proper job on him.”

“I feel blessed that I am getting this fantastic opportunity to participate in what could be Britain’s biggest ever boxing match,” said Groves. “I am still shocked that Froch has agreed to take the fight. I respect him for his bravery.

“Now I am preparing to get in the greatest physical and mental shape possible to destroy Froch in what can only be a three-round fight. Britain will have its own Hagler-Hearns to talk about for years to come. I am counting down the days until I’m World Super Middleweight champion.”

“Quite simply, I believe this is the biggest fight in British boxing history,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.

“Taking away the controversy from their first encounter, it was one of the most epic and exhilarating fights I have ever witnessed and I’m delighted the public are going to get a chance to see it all again. The unanswered questions from the first fight may now be answered. Get ready for a whirlwind of a build-up and an event and fight for the ages – Froch v Groves 2 is on!”

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