George Groves jokes about 'retiring Carl Froch in front of 80,000 people'


George Groves and Carl Froch were reunited for Dave Allen and Lucas Browne's fight at the O2 Arena last night.

The pair were working as pundits for Sky Sports and with plenty of history between the two former boxers, it wasn't long before the verbal sparring began.

The British duo first fought in November 2013 when Froch was declared the winner via technical knockout after the referee controversially put Groves in a headlock to pull him away.

They famously then squared up for a rematch at Wembley Stadium in May 2014 which drew a then-record crowd of 80,000.

Froch won the fight when he knocked out Groves in the eighth round and since then has become famed for taking any opportunity to mention the record-breaking fight.

Presenter Anna Woolhouse brought up their previous hostility and Froch's boasting when she said: "I cannot believe you two are stood next to each other and you've let him off the 80,000 thing."

However, Groves got in first to prevent Froch from making his latest dig by offering his own version of events.

"Did I ever tell you about the time I retired Carl Froch in front of 80,000 people?" he cheekily asked.

"I let him throw the peach of the right hand and after that, it was all downhill there for him and he said "I'm going to have to pack it in."

"Do you know what George, I'm going to let you have that as the last word!" Woolhouse responded.

Groves and Froch, who openly admitted to hating each other at the peak of their rivalry, now appear to get along with Froch describing Groves as his 'new mate' and joking that 'he's on my Christmas card list.'

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However, Groves did get serious with a word of advice for the winner of the night's main event Dave Allen, who downed Lucas Browne in the third round to condemn the Australian to only the second defeat of his career.

He said he was 'not a fan' of the 27-year-old's social media antics and suggested that he needs to begin taking the sport more seriously to further his career.

"Maybe it’s down to self-belief, maybe that’s why he hasn’t taken it seriously, but I hope now he does." he said.

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