On November 23rd 2013, in front of a packed out Phones 4 U arena, 20,000 boxing fans watched in shock as the reigning IBF and WBA super middleweight champion of the world Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch was out-worked, out-boxed and simply out-fought by a man who is 10 years his younger for the vast majority of all-British barnburner.
George Groves took the centre of the ring from the very first bell, hurting the champion with a series of stinging jabs. Straight from the off Groves looked much quicker than Froch, who for all his experience couldn’t seem to land flush.
Then Groves threw his best shot of the night, which took the champion off his feet and left him dazed on the canvas.
Froch steadily rose from the floor and after a quick check from referee Howard Foster, the Nottingham born hero began to fight back.
Groves gave as much as he got and when the referee stopped the bout controversially, everyone at ringside knew the younger man was robbed off the chance to become world champion prematurely.
Froch also admits he wasn’t at it in the first fight and allowed Saint George to get inside his head prior to the bout, but no one could doubt Froch was a very lucky man to still have hold of his belts.
Groves has a rematch the public demanded, where the two will again do battle in front of 66,000 adoring fans minimum at Wembley Stadium, but this time The Cobra will be mentally switched on.
He won’t be caught out by a fast start from the challenger though, that's for sure. He will initiate a tear up with Groves as soon as possible and more importantly he will record a victory which seemed to be cruelly snatched from him at the end of the last match, where it seemed Groves was only seconds away from being floored.
Although all the neutral boxing fans would love to see the clever, and cunning young buck deliver a similarly heroic display and somehow knock out the current champion, The Cobra’s experience can't be discounted in what promises to be a domestic dust-up for the ages.
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