Carl “The Cobra” Froch (31-2, 22KO’s) will defend his WBA and IBF super middleweight world titles against unbeaten fellow Brit “Saint” George Groves at the Phones 4U Arena (formerly MEN), in Manchester on the 23rd November.
Froch added the WBA title to the IBF one he already held in one of the fights of the year against Mikkel Kessler in May at the O2 Arena, in a rematch of a 2010 bout that took place in Denmark and saw the Cobra suffer the first defeat of his career.
George Groves has been climbing the rankings and notching up some good wins along the way, most notably beating another fellow Brit and 2008 Beijing Olympic Gold medalist James “Chunky” Degale and the veteran Glen Johnson.
The fight between Froch and Groves will start with the champion as favourite and rightly so. He has faced and beaten some great fighters over the past five years and has collected four world titles along the way. Groves has some excellent smooth boxing skills, but is yet to prove himself at Froch’s level.
If Groves is to be victorious though he must avoid the big punching Froch’s heavy shots as he has been hurt by lesser punchers than than the “Cobra”, most famously on the undercard of the David Haye vs. Audley Harrison fight when he took on Kenny Anderson and was floored heavily in the 3rd but showed great resolve to get up and stop the man from Edinburgh in the 6th.
Promoter Eddie Hearn had this to say: “I’m delighted to bring this event to Manchester on November 23, This ‘Battle of Britain’ is a fascinating fight between a true legend of British boxing in Carl Froch and a superb young talent in George Groves, it’s going to be some atmosphere, some occasion.”
Tickets for the bout will go on sale on September 17th and prices will be announced prior to that date.
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