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Groves: I have not betrayed Froch

ESPN staff
July 21, 2013

Commonwealth super-middleweight champion George Groves has hit back at Carl Froch, insisting he has not divulged any information on 'The Cobra' to Mikkel Kessler ahead of the pair's unification rematch at the O2 Arena on Saturday.

In April, Kessler invited Groves along with WBO light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly to Denmark to assist his preparations for the meet with Froch in South East London.

However Groves, who faces Noe Gonzalez Alcoba on the undercard of the highly anticipated rematch, has issued disappointment at Froch's decision to criticise him for helping out the WBA champion.

"I wouldn't want to betray either of them," Groves told the Sun. "I expect my sparring partners to be professional and not talk about what goes on in the gym, and I am the same."

Groves recently revealed his aim of achieving a world title bout, and even hinted towards facing either IBF champion Froch or Kessler. The Hammersmith fighter admitted his desire to rise to the top of the division had spurred him on to help the Dane.

"Carl's said I had to back up my claims for a world-title fight against him," Groves said. "So I went and sparred with the guy who beat him.

"I sparred with Carl before he fought Kessler the first time. Maybe this time I'll have softened Kessler up a bit for him. Come fight night I'll be supporting the British guy and I hope he wins."

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