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Carl Froch agrees title fight with Groves

Froch will fight Groves later this year (©GettyImages)
Froch will fight Groves later this year (©GettyImages).

In a truly mouthwatering domestic clash, Carl Froch is putting his WBA and IBF titles on the line against George Groves.

The exact date for the fight has not yet been specified, but it appears the two will do battle in November or December, with a venue still to be named.

In what seems to be a fight of contrasts, there is a huge difference in experience between the two fighters. 

Froch is a veteran of world title fights, while this is Groves first time fighting for such a belt. 

A style contrast also seems to be apparent, with Froch the aggressive all action warrior, against the more technically rounded Groves, who is sure to come in with a strict game plan, under the tutelage of renowned tactician Adam Booth.

Groves paid respect to Froch, while alluding to the importance of his game plan speaking to SkySports.

"He is a big name in the UK and a well-respected champion around the world, and I have a great team around me that can put together the right game plan to beat him and become a world champion and a major force in the super middleweight division."

Froch is known for never backing down from a challenge, and even though he has publicly stated he would like a rematch with the best Super-Middleweight fighter on the planet, Andre Ward, he had no issue with facing Groves, who was named his mandatory challenger by the IBF.

"I'm excited the first defence of both my belts is a big domestic clash," said Froch. 

"I am a proper fighter and a proper champion and I will always face my mandatory challenger rather than vacate the title."

What makes this domestic battle all the more interesting, is the fact that their fight later on this year, will not be the first time the pair have faced one another in the ring. 

Froch also mentioned the sparring history that he has with the young contender Groves, who hails from Hammersmith London.

"I've known George for a while, I've sparred with him and watched him grow and now he's my mandatory. 

"I will be pouring everything into my preparation for the fight and George will face the very best of me."

The fight itself is reminiscent of what many believe to be the Golden era of British boxing, when Tony Benn, Chris Eubank, Michael Watson and Steve Collins were at the peak of their powers, and faced each other in huge domestic clashes for World titles.

Promoter Eddie Hearn referred to this era, and promised the fans an exciting night of action.

"I'm delighted to have got this fight made," said Hearn. 

"It's a great fight for British boxing with a real throwback feel to the big domestic fights in the super middleweight fights in the 90s."

 

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