The Grudge, the Golden boys and the Little Stars
Over 75 years since the last time 80 000 people gathered to watch a boxing fight in the UK, the Carl Froch vs George Groves rematch is undeniably a special event.
The headline event has every ingredient required to make it worthy of such an epic sporting occasion. However, just to ensure the night cannot fail, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom promotions has put on a fantastic undercard too.
In Carl Froch vs George Groves we have old vs young, the proven veteran against the up-and-coming contender and north vs south, a mix which has captured the imagination of the nation and the entire boxing world. Continue reading
Photo by HBO/Ed Mulholland – One of the biggest fights in British boxing history will take place tomorrow, as bitter super-middleweight rivals Carl Froch and George Groves will go at it in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley. Currently, seemingly everyone is talking about the fight and who will win.
Here, eight figures from the boxing world give their pre-fight predictions:
Harold “The Shadow” Knight, former co-trainer of Lennox Lewis and current co-trainer of Zhang Zhilei:
“I’m going with Froch, even though I think Groves will test Froch and give him a competitive fight. Experience and the grit and toughness Froch has will see him keeping his titles.” Continue reading
Froch vs. Groves II: A Prince plots to make history by dethroning the reigning King Carl the Cobra of Great Britain
Two noble men battle in the modern day coliseum of Wembley Stadium for historic supremacy. The reigning King Carl Froch from Nottingham earned his kingship at war, with the blood running through his body from a long line of warriors representing proudly out of the house of Froch.
Prince George of London is plotting his revenge after claims of robbery by way of referee, being the sole the reason for his demise. The pouting Prince was jeered and booed on his way into the ring last November and received a hero’s exit on the way out. Continue reading
With bated breath, the entire boxing world is looking forward to the eagerly anticipated rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves. The sheer energy and excitement that will undoubtedly be unleashed by 80,000 screaming British fans is so electric it can practically be felt already. Their first encounter was incredible, and there is every reason to believe that this time the action will be every bit as intense, with the possibility of even exceeding the former’s fireworks. The atmosphere being generated is so fiery and profound and explosive, that it is totally reminiscent of the mood often created during the lead-up for fights involving the soon-to-be Hall of Fame inductee, Joe Calzaghe, the greatest super middleweight boxing has ever known. Makes you kind of wonder how Joe Calzaghe would do if he was fighting today at or near his best? Continue reading
The most anticipated fight in British boxing in decades is upon us. On Saturday at Wembley Stadium in London, Carl Froch and George Groves will climb into the ring in front of 80,000 spectators, with millions watching on television not only in Britain but around the world.
Not since the Eubank v Benn rematch at Old Trafford in 1993 has a domestic boxing rivalry generated this much excitement. Frank Bruno’s heavyweight clash with Lennox Lewis at Cardiff Arms Park, again in 1993, is also up there, but in terms of scale and magnitude, Carl Froch v George Groves exceeds both.
Below are quotes from today’s Froch vs. Groves II Final press conference in London. Froch vs. Groves II happens Saturday, May 31 live on HBO beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET/PT.
“I still can’t believe that we’ll be walking out in front of 80,000 fans, boxing fans and non-boxing fans.”
“I’ve prepared for this fight like no other fight before. Unbelievable shape. Just perfect shape.”
“I’m extremely confident and I put a lot of my confidence down to my…boxing career.” Continue reading
Official Weights from London:
Carl Froch: 167.9 lbs.
George Groves: 166.4 lbs.
Saturday’s HBO Boxing After Dark telecast begins at 4:00 p.m. (ET/PT) with a world featherweight title fight (Vetyeka vs. Donaire) from Macau. The main event of the day live at 4:45 p.m. (ET/PT) features a highly anticipated 12-round title rematch between super middleweight title-holder Carl Froch and top contender and arch-rival George Groves.
American boxing fans can catch a highly anticipated UK rematch and a title fight from Macau when HBO BOXING AFTER DARK®: CARL FROCH VS. GEORGE GROVES II AND SIMPIWE VETYEKA VS. NONITO DONAIRE is seen SATURDAY, MAY 31 at 4:00 p.m. (ET/PT). The HBO Sports team will be calling both events, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. Other HBO playdates: June 1 (8:30 a.m.) and 3 (1:00 a.m.) – HBO2 playdates: June 1 (3:15 p.m.) and 2 (11:00 p.m.)
Challenger slams the champion on Behind The Ropes tonight
George Groves pulls no punches on tonight’s Behind The Ropes on Sky Sports – describing Carl Froch’s technique as ‘awful’ and rejecting the champion as a fighting man ahead of their clash for Froch’s WBA and IBF World Super Middleweight titles on Saturday at Wembley Stadium connected by EE, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The second part of the fly-on-the-wall look at preparations in the Froch and Groves camps airs at 7pm tonight on Sky Sports 1, as we edge closer to their grudge rematch at the national stadium.
Groves called their first meeting a daylight robbery when Froch survived a first round knockdown and a furious onslaught in a sixth round that the Londoner called ‘the worst round in Carl Froch’s career’, only for the Nottingham star to retain his titles with a controversial ninth round stoppage. Continue reading
Froch vs. Goves II takes place Saturday, May 31 live on HBO beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Discuss the first fight against Carl Froch & what can fans expect to see in the rematch.
George Groves: “Everything for a reason” has been my mantra throughout this training camp and I strongly believe in its message.
Everything I have done during preparation, whether in the gym or at press conferences, has been for a reason.
Every punch I throw on May 31 will be for a very specific reason. And the fight itself is happening and was mandated by the IBF for a very good reason.
The Cobra tells Behind The Ropes that Groves won’t get under his skin this time
Carl Froch told Sky Sports’ Behind The Ropes that George Groves has been ‘dining out on his round one knockdown against The Cobra’ and that he won’t let the challenger get under his skin in their rematch for Froch’s WBA and IBF World Super Middleweight titles on Saturday at Wembley Stadium connected by EE, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Sky Sports gained exclusive access to both camps ahead of the huge clash and tonight on Sky Sports 1 at 7pm we see the first of the two-part fly-on-the-wall look at how these two bitter rivals are shaping up for the biggest fight in British boxing history. Continue reading