Come Saturday night in Manchester a bitter grudge match between Carl Froch and Geroge Groves takes place.
Froch aged 36 with a fantastic record of 31 wins and 2 losses seems to be in the prime of his career following impressive wins against the likes of Lucien Bute, Yusuf Mack and Mikkel Kessler since 2012. Froch appears to be at his best and is finally getting the respect that he deserves.
Groves aged 25 with an unbeaten record of 19-0 was a huge underdog when the fight was announced with many believing that fighting Froch at this stage of his career was too much. The general view of the fight has changed as the bout draws nearer.
Some are suggesting that Groves has got under the skin of Froch and that he has rattled his opponent. It is clear to all that both men dislike each other with Froch believing that Groves has a complete lack of respect for him and what he has achieved.
Groves has undoubtedly irritated Froch in the build up to the fight with his challenges and statements that he will knock Carl out. Whether this is just mind-games aimed at trying to anger Froch so that he loses his game-plan or if Groves genuinely feels that he will knock out Froch can’t really be said but wow he is convincing.
It seems very unlikely that Groves will have what it takes to knock-out Froch though. Froch is known to have an excellent chin and never really looks hurt or rocked. He is an absolute warrior of a man and the only way that Groves can win is to out-box Froch.
It is also doubtful if the consummate professional that is Carl Froch will really be effected by George Groves. Froch is such and experienced campaigner that he is bound to have seen all of this hype before.
So far in his career Groves has shown a combination of good power and good all-round boxing ability but he is yet to go in with anyone near the class of Carl Froch.
Froch in contrast has been in with an incredible list of opponents in his career and particularly in the Super Six Tournament. Froch has been in with the likes of Jean Pascal, Jermain Taylor, Andre Direll, Mikkel Kessler twice, Arthur Abraham. Glen Johnson, Andrew Ward and Lucien Bute in recent years and has shown himself to be one of the best fighters on the planet.
One factor that could prove to be a negative one for Groves is the loss of Adam Booth as his trainer. Booth is renowned for creating some brilliant master-plans and not having him in his corner really could be a disadvantage to Groves. Come fight night Groves should look to use his boxing skills rather than engage with the heavy-handed Froch. If Groves can execute a tactical game-plan then he can frustrate Froch but I don’t see him coming out on top.
Froch just appears to be on another level to Groves and I can see a brutal stoppage. Personally I think that Groves will cause Froch some problems for a couple of rounds but then Froch will work him out and hunt him down. Froch isn’t afraid to let his hands go and he causes devastation when he does.
I expect Froch to knock-out Groves by the 6th round. This is a bold claim but I just think that Froch is a league or two above the boxer that Groves currently is. Froch will eventually begin to land big shots and I just can’t see Groves being able to handle the constant pressure.
I am so excited about the boxing this weekend in Manchester with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport putting on a fantastic card. The likes of Scott Quigg, Anthony Crolla, Martin Murray, Jamie McDonnell, Anthony Joshua and others are all on the undercard of Froch v Groves.