Saturday 21 October 2017

George Groves insists Carl Froch in fight he can't win

George Groves (R) in action with Carl Froch during their IBF and WBA World Super Middleweight bout in November last year. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
George Groves (R) in action with Carl Froch during their IBF and WBA World Super Middleweight bout in November last year. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

Boxing

WBA and IBF super-middleweight title challenger George Groves insists he has the physical fitness to match Carl Froch over 12 rounds – but has questioned whether the defending champion has the mental toughness needed.

The pre-amble to this weekend's record-breaking fight has gone into overdrive and Froch admitted on Monday he does not enjoy the build-up.

Groves was keen to seize on that as a sign of weakness and told his opponent that Saturday's rematch in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley is one he cannot win.

"Technically, in a purely boxing sense, I beat Froch every day of the week," he said. "Saturday night is fast approaching and he needs to get himself up for this fight and I wish him luck because he is in a fight he can't win.

CONTAINING

"I've boxed in front of big crowds and I've never let the occasion get to me and it is all about containing the excitement not the nerves."

Six months ago the 36-year-old Froch beat his younger rival in Manchester, but had to drag himself up from a first-round knock-down and weather a severe storm before controversially stopping the Londoner in the ninth.

Groves warned this time around he is more than capable of going the distance, having benefited from the expertise of trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick. "It may sound a bit strange but I've never had a full-time conditioning coach there for every session like I have this time," he said.

"Paddy has really been able to get involved and stamp his authority on the sessions and we are in the gym hitting targets we have never reached before. I'm fitter than ever and 12 rounds will be a breeze."

Irish Independent

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