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Froch and Groves 'in talks' over 2013 fight

ESPN staff
July 2, 2013
Carl Froch has been ordered to fight George Groves - or risk losing his title © PA Photos

Promoter Eddie Hearn says his clients Carl Froch and George Groves are in talks over a super-middleweight fight later in the year.

Unified IBF and WBA champion Froch had been told by IBF championship chairman Lindsey Tucker to defend his belt against mandatory challenger Groves - or risk being stripped of his title.

Tucker told the Sun that 'letters had been sent' to both Froch and Groves to 'start negotiations', with a deadline of July 12 set for the pair to come to an agreement.

And now Hearn has revealed plans are being put into place for a bout to happen between the two British fighters sooner rather than later.

"We are in talks regarding a potential blockbuster domestic fight later this year," Hearn said.

Since exacting his revenge over Mikkel Kessler in May, Froch has been targeting a rematch with Andre Ward as well as a third and final tussle against Kessler.

However, with the prospect of losing his IBF belt if he fails to agree terms with Groves - unbeaten in 19 career fights - it appears Froch will now turn his attentions to taking on his domestic rival.

"Both fighters have plenty of options and, although it's a fight we originally envisaged for next summer, if it makes sense for both fighters neither has a problem with making it happen," Hearn added.

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