• Carl Froch v George Groves

Groves: I'll make Froch look clueless

ESPN staff
November 19, 2013
Carl Froch has accused George Groves of being disrespectful towards him © Getty Images

George Groves insists he will make Carl Froch look "clueless" in their world title fight on Saturday night.

Froch and Groves go toe-to-toe at the Manchester Arena with the Nottingham fighter's WBA and IBF super-middleweight belts up for grabs.

"He's already started making excuses for himself," said Groves. "He says he's in a no-win situation, that all he can do is knock me out early on, otherwise people won't think he's performed well.

"Now he's saying he hopes the referee doesn't jump in and he hopes the fight goes longer so he can give me a better pasting. What he's really saying is 'I don't expect to figure this guy out early'.

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"He's going to be clueless on Saturday night, and I can't wait to show everyone Carl Froch's limitations."

In the build-up to the bout, Froch has accused Groves of being disrespectful - something which the 25-year-old staunchly denies. Froch has also said he will refuse to shake his opponent's hand after the fight on Saturday.

"I'll shake anyone's hand because I always win," added Groves. "He's being disrespectful. If he can't bring himself to touch gloves, that's his problem.

"But after the way I beat him on Saturday night, it wouldn't surprise me if I put my hand out to shake his and he refuses it.

"Every time I see him lately he looks like he's got the weight of the world on his shoulders. His skin looks grey. It looks like the life is draining out of him.

"He's already put pressure on himself knowing a loss to me would be catastrophic. Physically, maybe he can come back from a defeat at 36, but mentally I can't see it. But I'm not out to retire him, I'm just out to knock him out."

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