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George Groves promises to destroy Carl Froch in final press conference

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Carl Froch came face-to-face with George Groves at high noon in a final pre-fight press conference that passed in a slightly strange, almost subdued fashion, but that didn't stop the challenger confidently claiming a left hook will end their bitter domestic grudge once and for all.

Both men have stepped on the Wembley turf before in a head-to-head made infamous by a flippant Froch shove, although on this occasion there was a sense that the enormity of fighting in front of 80,000 fans baying for blood on Saturday night had definitely dawned on the super-middleweight stars.

Froch carried a disciplined exterior which displayed a marked difference from the demeanour which he insists nearly cost him dear in Manchester on November 23rd, but try telling that to an uber-confident Groves.

The 26-year-old as promised insisted that a left-hook will end the biggest ever all-British dust-up in memorable style, while also baulking at claims he can't match the champion for intensity, work-rate and sheer will to survive over the 12-round championship distance.

At today's final media engagement Groves told GiveMeSport: "You will see a complete performance from me on Saturday night, a lot of people will sit up and take notice.

"I know 100% I can go 12 rounds and I could have done that in the first fight.

"This will be my coming out party, arriving as a legitimate world champion. Someone to be chased and feared. When the bell goes out on Saturday night I'll pick up where I left off the first time.

"Our training camp has been all about working towards perfection, I'm in fantastic shape. You hear this all the time but no stone has been left unturned.

"It's the left hook that will finish Carl Froch. Anyone who's watched me train will know I've been working on it and it's a shot that will work."

Unsurprisingly Froch has a very different take who will be wearing the IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles on Sunday morning, delivering answers which give a sense the legacy he holds so dear is on the line in the fight of his life, despite previously winning nine of 11 world title fights in four different countries over the last five years.

The 36-year-old told GiveMeSport: "It's a massive platform boxing, I still can't believe I'll be walking out in front of 80,000 at the national stadium, and it's the occasion and the anxiousness that's giving me the motivation to perform at my very best.

"Ultimately this fight will define my legacy, it's an unbelievable stage to show what I'm all about. Age is just a number and I can't wait to prove it."

For two men at polar opposites in terms of career trajectory and personality differences beyond a decade in years are not difficult to decipher, but it's their attitude towards respective coaches that provides a subtle psychological layer to a fascinating domestic duel.

Froch takes every opportunity to remind observers that Rob McCracken is the driving force behind his career, one he believes would never have reached elite level without a tremendous trusted second in his corner.

Groves is also not afraid to lavish praise on his current mentor Paddy Fitzpatrick, a chilled-out character that exudes calm, but has a single-minded streak that is definitely lacking in his foe, for better or worse.

Pre-fight hyperbole surrounding psychologists, the number six and a revolving door of potential referees is nearly at an end, with both men ready to try and live up to a rematch that has captured the public imagination like almost no other.

Sequels are often placed under intense scrutiny and both Froch and Groves have a huge task on their hands to match their efforts in Manchester six months ago, but one look at all the ingredients surrounding this compelling clash between youth and experience suggest we are set for a Godfather 2-style second helping between gladiators rather than an Oceans-Twelve sized disappointment.

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