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Froch will meet Groves in May

THE rematch fight fans wanted is on – British super-middleweight rivals Carl Froch and George Groves have agreed to go in the ring again, with the venue likely to a football stadium, on Saturday, 31 May.

Nottingham's Froch, 36, retained his WBA and IBF titles with a ninth-round stoppage of Groves last November.

But Londoner Groves, 25, complained the fight was stopped too soon.

The bout is the biggest rematch in British boxing since Chris Eubank fought Nigel Benn for a second time at Old Trafford in 1993.

Froch-Groves II is expected to break the box office record for a British fight, with Old Trafford and Arsenal's Emirates Stadium being suggested as possible venues. Last month, the IBF ordered Froch to fight Groves again within 90 days or risk losing his belt.

STORM HITS NOWLAN

GAELIC GAMES: Nowlan Park has become a victim of the horrific storm conditions that swept the country yesterday, writes Frank Roche.

Kilkenny city was badly hit by the high winds, with gusts blowing off part of the roof on the stadium's Old Stand. Kilkenny County Council declared a major emergency and urged locals to stay indoors until the storm passed, with roads around Nowlan Park closed to facilitate the removal of debris.

Elsewhere, the Naomh Eanna GAA complex in Gorey (which hosted the recent Wexford/Dublin Walsh Cup semi-final) partially collapsed after being struck by storm-force winds. The front of the building above first floor level fell onto the car park below.

TIGER NOT SWINGING

GOLF: Tiger Woods should play golf alone every day for a month to find his swing, says former British Open champion Ian Baker-Finch.

"Tiger has issues with his swing. He keeps blaming his putting, but it's not his putting (that is the problem), it is his swing, and he needs to sort that out," Baker-Finch said.

Woods has played two events this year, finishing 80th at the PGA Tour's San Diego tournament and 41st at the European Tour's Dubai Desert Classic. He won't feature in this week's Northern Trust Open. Also absent from the Riviera Country Club in LA will be Rory McIlroy.

DEJA VU FOR TAYLOR

BOXING: A repeat of her Olympic final is on the cards for Katie Taylor at the European Championships in Bucharest, Romania, in June.

Her opponent in London, Sofya Ochigava has won a tournament in Moscow. Taylor (1) and Ochigava (4) are the two highest-ranked European lightweights in the world and will be seeded one and two for Bucharest, where they can only meet in the final.


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