FROCH VS. GROVES, THE REMATCH
By: Andrew McCart
Three months after their first fight, IBF and WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) and IBF mandatory challenger George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) have agreed terms for a rematch on May 31 with a venue still to be announced, promoter Eddie Hearn announced today… but our site were the first to announce it on Tuesday Feb. 11
The deal has been done after weeks of negotiations. At one stage Froch stated that he would walk away from the rematch in pursuit of a Las Vegas clash with Mexico’s former world champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., but that idea was thrown out after Groves successfully appealed to the IBF to reinstate him as mandatory and immediately ordered the rematch to take place within 90 days.
Froch could of easily vacated his title to face former WBC middleweight champion Chavez Jr., however we all know what Froch is about , and he would never vacate a title… that and the fact the British public would be up in arms if he ducked Groves, especially after the way the first fight ended.
“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 in 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!”by