George Groves has stated that he cannot wait to finally put to bed his feud with Carl Froch when they contest a hotly-anticipated super-middleweight rematch on May 31, following what he believes to be six months of his career wasted waiting for a mandated rematch.
The 26-year-old will go toe-to-toe with his arch rival Froch in front of a packed out Wembley Stadium for what will be the biggest night of his short boxing career.
The IBF and WBA world super middleweight bout, which has been labelled as one of the biggest in boxing history, will be watched by 80,000 people in the crowd as well as the millions of viewers likely to catch the fight live on Sky Sports.
Groves said on ESPN: "My career has stalled for six months as far as I'm concerned. I should've beaten Carl Froch.
"The rematch would've been there for me and I would've taken it, but I would've been champion walking into that ring and if he didn't want it, if he would've retired or whatever else, then I would've moved on to another challenge.
"I can't wait to put this to bed and become world champion."
Groves felt hard done-by following his controversial defeat to The Cobra back in November, when referee Howard Foster stopped the fight in the ninth round, to the crowds’ dismay.
But the Hammersmith-born fighter, who has recently signed a long-term promotional deal with German promoters the Sauerland Brothers, is more than confident of avenging his sole professional defeat and has vowed to knockout Froch inside three rounds.
Groves believes he will benefit greatly from having the Sauerland Brothers on his side this time around, and trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick has called for a 'strong referee' to watch out for Froch's brawling tactics during the pair's rematch.
“I went into the first fight [when Froch stopped him in the ninth round] on my own, all on my own, and I felt I paid a price for that, to a certain extent,” the challenger said.
“I’m in a much stronger position and I have a much stronger promotional team behind me.”
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 and based on the evidence of their first meeting, he is not being arrogant.
"This is a fight that I don't lose any sleep over. I can sit back and watch the first fight over and over again, see what I did well and didn't, ultimately knowing as long as I go out and perform I can't lose,” he said.
"Carl can't win this fight as long as I perform and I will perform, that's the reason I want this fight."
The British fighter has also stated that he would be open to a third instalment of the saga, and another handsome payday, but one imagines this would only be the case if he is victorious at Wembley.
It is unlikely Froch would be willing to take another fight against Groves if he beats him for the second time, though, the 36-year-old was said to be considering retirement following their last clash.
“I'd give Carl a rematch if it made sense, if it didn't prevent me moving further on in my career," Groves added.
"You don't want to spend your whole career fighting the same guy. I know Matchroom would love a trilogy, they love a bit of controversy. Barry Hearn speaks about it all the time and how it's great for boxing.
"But I want to go on and become a sports star one day, to become the very best I can be. That means I've got to go out there and box everyone I can and beat them all."
During Groves’ short career he has accumulated an impressive record, with 19 wins and just the one defeat (against Froch), he also has knocked-out 15 opponents and if he keeps to his word that number will become 16 come May 31.
Froch, however, has 23 knockouts from his 32 professional wins, but he has also suffered two defeats during his illustrious career – against Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler.
It is sure to be another thrilling battle of Britain with both fighters desperate to achieve their respective goals, and could yet prove to be the middle installment of another historic boxing trilogy.
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