November is known for fireworks and later this month, George Groves has promised to spark into life when he steps in the ring with fellow countryman Carl Froch.
The pair came face to face on Sky Sports’ Ringside programme and the hostility between the fighters was clear to see.
Groves is unbeaten after 19 visits to the ring, however the Hammersmith boxer is inferior to his latest opponent and far less experienced in the sport.
Nonetheless, that didn’t stop the 25-year-old from showing a lack of respect towards his elder, and Groves was clear about what he plans to do in Manchester at the end of the month.
The Londoner told Sky Sports’ Jonny Nelson: “I've worked a long time and put in a lot of hard work to become world champion and on November 23 I will be world champion. I'm confident of that.
“Some people are surprised by how confident I am, but I know this and I can't wait to get out there and prove it.”
Froch is the current holder of the WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles and has only suffered two defeats in a professional career that spans over 11 years and tallies 31 fights.
The Nottingham-born World Champion showed tranquility in reaction to Groves’ remarks and calmly implied that his 32nd opponent will soon receive a wake up call.
He said: “When the fight draws closer and it dawns on him, the magnitude of the task ahead of him, fighting me, in a professional ring with small gloves, It's going to be wonderful to watch.”
The fight later this month will be the first time Groves has come up against anyone of Froch’s caliber and after badmouthing his opponent since the day pen was put to paper, the Commonwealth titleholder sent out one last message.
Groves said: “I’ll put this chump to sleep. We’ll see. I will knock Froch out. He won’t hear that final bell.”
Somewhat foolish words, considering the man from Nottinghamshire is known for his iron-like chin and astonishing work rate.
But one thing is for sure, fireworks will be going off inside the Phones4u Arena later this month. The question is, which fighter will be lighting up the ring? As Groves said, we will see.
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