• Carl Froch v George Groves

Groves: I'll knock Froch out

ESPN staff
October 31, 2013
George Groves is looking to take Carl Froch's WBA and IBF titles © Getty Images

George Groves insists he will become the first man to stop Carl Froch when they lock horns for their world title clash on November 23.

Froch puts his WBA and IBF titles on the line at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester.

And though Groves admits he is the underdog, he has vowed to upset the odds and knock Froch out.

Groves told Sky Sports: "I'll know I'll be the first person to stop Carl Froch. He's never been stopped before. I wouldn't want to predict a round, but I'm going to hit him far too frequently, far too hard for him to take that sort of punishment for 12 rounds.

"He gets himself in good shape. All that means is he's in better shape to take a better beating and that's what it will be on November 23."

Groves is 11 years younger than the three-time world champion, and feels Froch's powers are on the wane and that he can take advantage.

"You look at good fighters on the rise up to becoming world champion. They usually make the step up around my mark," said Groves.

"I'm 25 years old, this will be my 20th fight. There are lots of great champions throughout history, who have moved much quicker than I have and have gone on to do great things.

"Carl is a little long in the tooth if you ask me. He's had a lot of hard fights. Will he be able to keep the pace with someone like myself, who is younger, who is definitely hungrier, who wants to win.

"His analogy that it's Premier League against Championship, he might be right, but he might have got it the wrong way round."

Having parted ways with trainer Adam Booth in the build-up to the fight, Groves will have Paddy Fitzpatrick in his corner, and insists the split has not caused any distractions.

"It was kind of something that I was half expecting at some point," he said. "It's happened before and at this point it couldn't be patched up. You move on, I've got a big task in hand.

"As a boxer, sometimes you have to walk through the gym door and as soon as the door shuts all your personal problems are forgotten and you get on with your sessions in hand.

"The fact that it isn't bothering me inside the gym or outside the gym is fine. I'm not grieving. I'm in a good place and working with a good team. I've got a big fight to look forward to."

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