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Froch says he will give Groves a 'pasting'

ESPN staff
March 21, 2013
Carl Froch fights Mikkel Kessler in London on May 25 © PA Photos

IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch believes George Groves is not ready to fight him yet, and insists 'The Saint' needs to overcome tougher challenges in order to earn a title shot.

'The Cobra', who fights Mikkel Kessler in their super-middleweight title bout in London on May 25 - with Groves in action on the undercard, confirmed that he would happily face the Hammersmith-born fighter providing he had earned the right to challenge.

"George Groves needs to have a couple of fights, meaningful fights for people - not just me - for the boxing people to take him seriously," Froch told Sky Sports News.

"So if he can fight an Arthur Abraham or someone of that stature, or even a Lucian Bute and come through that, then I'll happily [fight him]."

Groves has been confirmed to fight on the undercard of Saturday's title clash between WBO champion Arthur Abraham and Robert Stieglitz in Germany, although his opponent has yet to be named.

Unbeaten Groves also recently hinted at targeting a world title bout in a bid to lure Froch, although the Nottingham fighter has insisted that, if the pair were to meet, he would have no trouble defeating current Commonwealth champion Groves.

He said: "I'm champ, everyone wants to fight the champ. If he gets there he'll deserve a shot but he'll get a pasting, don't worry about that."

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