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Groves: I'll end Froch with a left hook

ESPN staff
May 29, 2014
George Groves shows us which fist he believes will put Carl Froch down © Getty Images

George Groves plans to floor Carl Froch with a left hook to take the IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles.

The pair go toe-to-toe in their much-anticipated rematch at Wembley on Saturday in front of an 80,000 sell-out crowd.

And Groves, who on Thursday described himself as "like a serial killer", used the final pre-fight press conference to let Froch know exactly how he plans to beat him.

'You will see a brutal Carl Froch'

Froch beat Groves in controversial circumstances five months ago © PA Photos
  • Carl Froch is confident he can stop George Groves for a second time.
  • The Nottingham boxer will square up against his arch rival at Wembley on Saturday following a controversial decision by referee Howard Foster to end the first bout in Froch's favour between the pair six months ago.
  • And Froch is confident he will not need any assistance from the officials this time out.
  • "George Groves won't hear the final bell because I know what I need to do and I know how to do it.
  • "I still can't believe that I'm going to be walking out in front of 80,000 fans in our national stadium. One of the best in the world.
  • "I've prepared for this fight like no other before. I'm in unbelievable shape and I'm looking forward to defending my world titles successfully.
  • "We've done what we need to so just enjoy it, because I'm certainly going to. You're going to see a brutal Carl Froch."
  • He added: "It's by far the biggest fight of my unbelievable career and that's given me the motivation and apprehension that I need to perform at my best."

"Anyone who's watched me and watched the open workouts knows that we've been working on the left hooks, that the left hook will work and the left hook will finish Carl Froch," he said.

Froch interrupted by joking: "I better keep my right hand up by my chin."

Talking to Sky Sports News shortly after, Groves reiterated his promise.

"You can see the left hook's working and it's a shot that Carl's always been vulnerable to. He doesn't cover his chin and the left hook will put him to sleep.

"If you think it's a bluff, you should go back and watch the first fight. If I say something, people should know that I'm fully capable.

"If you watch Carl Froch's fights then you'll know that he's susceptible to that shot. He's not the sort of fighter that can adapt in 48 hours."

On having the fight at England's national stadium, just six miles from his Hammersmith birthplace, Groves added: "I'm very excited to be here. I think for me we've worked towards perfection in camp but this couldn't be more perfect. I'm going to become world champion in London in front of so many people.

"I'm going to go out and perform, looking very good in becoming world champion on the biggest stage. You can be the best but you need people to fight and people to watch. I'm fortunate I'm in that situation.

"No stone's been left unturned. We are fully prepared and I just can't wait."

There is a notion that Groves may not be able to last the full 12 rounds should the fight get that far. But the 26-year-old said he will surprise a few people in that respect.

"I know I could go 12 rounds," he said. "I could have gone 12 the first time but the referee stopped the fight and that's why we're here right now. It's why it's being called Unfinished Business. We're picking up from where it left off.

"I'm going to get better and better with every round. I'm not going to give everything away but round on round, I will get better and it's up to Carl to hang in there. I can go 12 rounds if needs be. It'll be one-sided from the start.

"You'll see as complete a performance as possible on Saturday night and certainly a lot of people will sit up and take note. I plan to arrive as a legitimate world champion and someone to be feared and chased.

"I want to be a great ambassador for British boxing on the world stage."

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