Bad call: Referee Howard Foster controversially ended the first fight early (©GettyImages)
Bad call: Referee Howard Foster controversially ended the first fight early (©GettyImages).

Will Froch v Groves rematch live up to the hype?

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The Carl Froch v George Groves rematch will be hosted by Wembley Stadium on the May 31 2014.

The date and time of the rematch being confirmed will be a huge relief for boxing fans everywhere. How the previous match was ended prematurely by the referee continues to frustrate viewers to this day.

Groves was winning comfortably on points before referee Howard Foster opted to end the match with Froch on the attack, in favour of the reigning champion.

People have varying opinions; many say Groves was still comfortable and would have won but others claim Froch was about to knock Groves down a few seconds later if the referee hadn't of intervened.

The only thing that can be certain is that stopping the match was the wrong call.

But with the rematch now set in the calendar much of this controversy will ease off. However, just because there is a rematch doesn't mean we will see the same fight, or even a fight as exciting.

Groves came out the blocks far quicker than Froch could have anticipated last time, and his opponent paid the price by being knocked down in the first round. But now Froch will be expecting it, which gives him time to prepare. Already the dynamics of the fight have changed.

Groves may think he has to knock Froch out in order to win, or change his tactics to surprise his opponent in the same way he did in the first fight. The sense of injustice that cost him the first fight may affect his tactics in the second.

This has happened before in one of the most famous rematches of all time which saw Michael Watson take on Chris Eubank in September 1991. The challenger Watson had lost on points to Eubank earlier that year, in what people would say as one of the biggest injustices in the history of sport. Everyone in the world had Watson comfortably winning but the judges saw otherwise.

And deep into the 11th round Watson was winning again, Eubank was on the floor and the world title was within grasp. As the world champion stood up Watson approached him, but Eubank managed to land an uppercut.

That uppercut ended Watson's career and gave him permanent brain damage. Watson had thought the only way he could win is if he knocked Eubank out.

I'm not suggesting the same will happen in the Froch/Groves rematch, but the way the first fight ended will definitely influence how the rematch will play out.

It's likely we will not see the type of match that we did before.

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