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Froch: Groves rejected 'seven-figure' rematch offer

ESPN staff
January 24, 2014
George Groves has been determined to get a rematch with Carl Froch since suffering his first defeat in November © PA Photos

Carl Froch has claimed George Groves has rejected a "seven-figure" offer of a rematch with the 'Cobra'.

Froch retained his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles after Groves was controversially stopped in the ninth round of their bout on November 23. Groves had been leading on all three judges' scorecards, and floored his opponent in the first round, but suffered his first defeat as a professional.

After recently claiming he was "happy" to fight Groves in a rematch, Froch released a statement on Friday via promoter Matchroom's official website indicating Groves had turned down a substantial offer for a second fight. Froch also indicated he is now looking to schedule a fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, who he is keen to take on in Las Vegas.

"There has been plenty of speculation over the last few weeks regarding my future," Froch said in the statement. "As it stands we are looking closely at two options George Groves and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.

Yesterday [Thursday], we made a seven figure offer to George Groves for a second fight that would have seen him earn around double that of the first. Disappointingly, George rejected this offer so we are continuing our talks with Top Rank and HBO regarding Chavez Jr.

"I understand the demand for the Groves fight in the UK, but also the demand in the US for the Chavez fight. Talks are ongoing and no doubt some further news will break soon. I'm happy to fight anyone, as I have done throughout my entire career."

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