Carl Froch is taking a massive risk by defending both of his titles against fellow British boxer George Groves in a match which is planned to take place in either late November or early December; official dates are yet to be confirmed. Carl Froch is the current IBF and WBA world super-middleweight Champion and he looks to show his worth by triumphing over the inexperienced, but undefeated George Groves. Groves is 10 years younger than Froch so has speed and youth on his side, whilst Froch’s advantage is having more experience and wisdom of the sport.
Out of the two British men, Carl Froch has the height advantage, albeit only 1.5 inches taller than his opponent. Froch also has a 3 inch longer reach on his opponent meaning he can stay a little bit further back than Groves. However, Groves is much younger and therefore has more speed meaning he is likely to land more punches on the current Champion. It will be a fight that the spectators will never forget as both boxers will desperately want the victory as they are already in intense training.
Carl Froch is a very experienced boxer having fought in 33 fixtures altogether, 14 more than his opponent. He first turned professional in 2002 giving him 11 years of experience and remained unbeaten through his first 26 fights. He then lost to Mikkel Kessler to lose his WBC super-middleweight title in his 27th fight.
A year later, Froch suffered the 2nd loss of his career to an unbeaten Andre Ward leaving him without any titles, only for Froch to return and defeat Lucian Bute to gain the IBF super-middleweight title. Furthermore, the Briton fought in a rematch against Mikkel Kessler and won the WBA super-middleweight title, giving him the two titles which he now plans to keep by defeating George Groves later in the season.
George Groves is a less experienced boxer turning professional in 2008 meaning this is only his fifth year in the sport. However, he has fought in 19 fights and won every one of them, knocking out 15 of his opponents; an impressive record for someone who is still growing in the sport. Groves is the current Commonwealth Super Middleweight Champion (won in 2010) and the British Super Middleweight Champion (won in 2011). Now, Groves plans to get the IBF and WBA super middleweight titles under his belt at the end of the year.
Carl Froch commented, “I’ve known George for a while. I’ve sparred with him and watched him grow and now he’s my mandatory. I will be pouring everything into my preparation for the fight and George will face the very best of me. I’m excited the first defence of both my belts is a big domestic clash. I am a proper fighter and a proper champion and I will always face my mandatory challenger rather than vacate the title.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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