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Carl Froch fired up for George Groves showdown at Wembley

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Carl Froch has hit back at George Groves over his latest taunts and stated that he is going into their super-middleweight rematch 'looking to do some serious business on him'.

The WBA and IBF belt holder will defend his titles against his London foe in front of a record 80,000 crowd at the Wembley Stadium on May 31.

The 36-year-old won the first bout via a controversial ninth round stoppage last November and Groves has not been shy in revealing his frustrations since that night.

He knocked Froch down in the opening round and looked the likelier to go on and win but for the referee's untimely intervention - something the 26-year-old has brought up consistently in the build up to their hotly anticipated rematch.

The Nottingham veteran, however, believes that he has learnt from the mistakes he made during their first fight in Manchester and he won't let Groves get under his skin this time around.

"I know what to expect now," Froch told BT Sport. "I know what tactics Groves brings. He tries to wind his opponent up. He was successful the first time but I don't listen to him now."

The two-time world champion, who has 32 wins (23 knockouts) and two defeats from 34 professional fights, admits he took Groves lightly before their first encounter.

But do not expect him to make the same mistake twice, as he has vowed to stop his opponent again and warned Groves that he could get hurt.

"I want him stood there with me in the middle of the ring having a fight," Froch told BBC Sport.

"Because there's only going to be one winner. George, you're getting stopped and you could get hurt.

"I'm looking at doing some serious business on him. Without going into details and getting into trouble, we all know what that means - and it's bad news for George Groves."

These strong statements of intent have been provoked by Groves and Froch could be setting himself up for an even bigger fall, but the super middleweight champion says he is in much better condition for this fight and is confident of claiming another stoppage.

"The last time I remember being this intense in a camp was when I boxed Arthur Abraham," who Froch beat by unanimous decision in 2010.

"I turn 37 in July but I feel physically in the best shape of my life. There's been no stone unturned. The runs, the sparring, the strength and conditioning work, the nutrition, the diet, the mental stuff, it's all there.

"The judges might as well not bring their pens, they're not going to need them."

Although Groves, who has 19 wins (including 15 knockouts) and one defeat from 20 professional fights, has been his usual, arrogant self in the build up to this one - perhaps the biggest of his career.

He is the underdog with the bookmakers but no one sounds more sure of themselves than the London fighter. Groves has immense confidence in his own abilities and is convinced that if he performs well on the night Froch will not be able to get near him.

"If I go out and perform like I've been performing in the gym, it might not even be a fight," Groves said.

"I can beat Carl for hand speed, foot speed and I can hurt him. It doesn't matter how Carl approaches this fight, he's just not good enough.

"I see panic, I see a man who's worried, I see a man who's got to face the inevitable - and that's a beating from me."

Mind games have always been a big part of Groves' pre-fight ritual and he appeared to get into Froch's head in the build-up to their first contest, but only time will tell if his tactics have worked this time around.

Now the fighters are accustomed to each other the second meeting will certainly make for an enticing affair, and both have promised early stoppages, which bodes well for entertainment value.

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