There has been talk of a fight between the two British super-middleweights Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch and ‘Saint’ George Groves.
There has been increasing speculation that Froch and Groves do not like each other and so the fight would have a bit of added intensity to it.
There has been controversy between the two recently with Froch labelling Groves a traitor. Groves aided Froch’s opponent Kessler before their fight in terms of providing sparring as Nathan Cleverly did.
Froch believes that a British fighter should not help foreign fighters prepare to fight a fellow countrymen.
Froch insists that he would never have done such a thing when he was working his way up but we can not be sure of that. I can see both sides of the argument here.
Froch is correct in being slightly miffed about another British fighter (who actually belongs to the same promotional company Matchroom Sport) helping Kessler before their bout.
It also seems understandable for Groves to jump at the chance to spar and tests his skills with a world champion in the same weight division.
This doesn’t usually happen to a fighter in the position of Groves as he doesn’t appear too far from a world title shot so world champions are unwilling to spar with a possible future opponent not too far down the line.
It does appear though that this disagreement has been blown out of proportion by the media and that actually Groves is just trying to make himself more well-known by feeding off of Froch’s current limelight.
Both fighters have great trainers with Froch being mentored by Robert McCracken who is the trainer of the highly successful GB Olympic boxing team that was responsible for some great performances by Anthony Joshua, Luke Campbell, Anthony Agogo and Nicola Adams.
Groves on the other hand is trained by Adam Booth and is a stablemate of a certain Mr David Haye. Booth has proved himself to be a trainer of the highest level masterminding tactical victories for Haye when needed as shown by the clever way he out-pointed the hugely bigger man in Nikolai Valuev.
Both trainers have extreme tactical prowess which could make for an interesting battle. I personally see Groves as needing a major tactical master-plan to even last the distance with Froch currently.
Froch is a couple of levels up from him as Groves is just below world title level whereas the former is an elite level fighter.
I personally see Froch knocking Groves out in a maximum of five rounds. Froch is too experienced, too strong and in his prime at the moment. He will enter any fight with extreme confidence and no-one has fought as many world-class fighters fight after fight as Froch.
Groves has the potential to be a World Champion by defeating someone like WBO champion Robert Stieglitz who is not on the same level as some of the other top super-middleweights such as Froch, Ward, Kessler, Bute etc.
I would be very hesitant in putting Groves in with Froch as he is just not ready for such an opponent. Groves could get seriously hurt and damage his chances of getting another world title shot.
If I was involved in the management of Groves I would be sensible and fight Stieglitz for the WBO title which is a possible win for Groves and then look to get a few defences under my belt before looking to fight one of the elite super-middleweights. It is one of the best divisions out there currently and is so competitive so progression for a young fighter is not easy.
I don’t think this fight will happen anytime soon or at all to be honest as Froch is looking for big fights to finish off his career.
Groves is not a big fight for him. Maybe money wise it could become financially lucrative but Froch is more interested in fighting the best boxers out there with his current status in the profession.
Unfortunately Groves is not currently one of the best boxers yet but he has the potential to be a great champion.
I predict another fight between himself and James ‘Chunky’ Degale in the future for a world-title and Britain to remain at the top of the super-middleweight division as we have done for a long time with fighters such as Joe Calzaghe, Froch, Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank.
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