George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) plans on giving IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s) a royal beating in the process of ripping his two 168lb title straps from him on Saturday night in front of what will be a roaring crowd of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London, UK.
Groves senses weakness in Froch, and like a shark, Groves will be looking to rip Froch to pieces to finish his title reign. Groves sees it as a process of the young lions taking over for the older lion.
“It might not even be a fight,” Groves said. “I can beat Carl for hand speed, foot speed and I can hurt him. It doesn’t matter how Carl approaches this fight, he’s just not good enough. I see panic, I see a man who’s worried, I see a man who’s got to face the inevitable and that’s a beating from me.”
You got to like Froch’s warrior spirit and his willingness to take big shots on the chin in order to land his own big punches, but he might have some problems with Groves’ speed, youth and movement on Saturday night because he’s not going to be making it easy for Froch like he did the last time they fought in November. Everything will be different this time.
The referee Howard John Foster won’t be there, and Groves won’t likely be slugging like he did last time. Groves will almost surely be boxing Froch, and playing a game of cat and mouse with him for 12 rounds. Froch doesn’t do well in fighting that kind of style. He struggled against Andre Dirrell in 2009, and turned to fouling him from the 5th round on out of frustration. Froch fought poorly against Andre Ward as well, although he mostly smothered Froch’s offense on the inside by staying close to him.
The referee that will be working this fight, Charlie Fitch, will likely be on the lookout for fouling in this fight from Froch, because the last time the two fighters met each other in November, Froch got away with a lot of rabbit punches and hitting on the break. Foster didn’t do anything to stop this behavior, and so it continued for much of the fight. Fitch will likely put a stop to it early once he starts seeing those things.