Promotional giants Matchroom Sports have revealed a week of events leading up the hotly-anticipated rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves.
The week culminates with a massive weigh-in at Wembley Arena on Friday afternoon, with thousands of boxing fans expected to be in attendance as well as those attending the England football match the same night.
In addition Sky Sports will also be running programmes every night leading up to the fight, which is available on the Sky’s pay-per-view channel.
With just a week left until fight night, Matchroom are ensuring the promotional hype continues right up until the first bell in front of 80,000 people at Wembley.
The pair will undertake public training sessions to begin the week, though the mileage between the two places ensures there is no chance of them jumping in the ring together early.
Froch will appear at the Broadmarsh shopping centre in Nottingham on Monday 26 accompanied by Jamie McDonnell, who faces Thai Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat for the WBA ‘regular’ title on the undercard. Groves will appear at Westfields in Shepherds Bush the day after with fellow London stars James DeGale, Anthony Joshua and Kevin Mitchell, all of whom will also fight at Wembley.
Wednesday will see the final undercard press conference before the main event press conference commences on Thursday at Wembley, where Froch and Groves will go face-to-face once again. Although these events are closed to the public, Matchroom intend to stream the events live on the internet.
However, the day before the fight promises to be a special atmosphere as thousands pack into Wembley Arena for the weigh-in. Although the scales aren’t set until 3:30pm, doors will open at 2pm in order to cater for significant demand.
A ‘Fan Zone’ will also be present on the Friday, where fans can mix with a host of current Matchroom boxers, though there are not yet any details of which fighters will be present.
Sky Sports’ coverage kicks off a week before the fight with the much-acclaimed ‘Gloves Are Off’. Presenter Jonny Nelson chairs a conversation as the two sit face-to-face, an idea adapted from HBO’s ‘Face Off’ show in America.
Moving in to fight week, Ringside will be doing five special programmes centred on the encounter. A tactics show on Monday, featuring Paul Smith and Tony Bellew, will look into the details of each boxer’s strengths and weaknesses, and how each fighter can come out victorious.
Tuesday and Wednesday will see two editions of ‘Behind the Ropes’ in each fighter’s camp, looking at the detail into their preparation behind the scenes in both camps.
A special edition of Ringside will air on Thursday night before ‘The Final Countdown’ on Friday night, taking place after the weigh-in.
It is all set to be a bumper week of boxing action as Britain’s braces itself for possibly the biggest fight this country has ever seen.
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