British boxing was back on the biggest platform possible in 2014, thanks to the bitter rivalry between super-middleweight warriors Carl Froch and George Groves.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn went big and bold with his choice of venue the rematch of the year and his gamble paid off in some style, with 80,000 fans packing into Wembley Stadium to watch the bitter foes settle a score that had lingered for six months.
Froch controversially got a stoppage victory over Groves when the pair first met in Manchester last year, there was to be nothing contentious about the return thanks to a right hand from hell in the eighth round.
Score settled in some style
Groves deserves much of the credit for building the May 31st rematch into a spectacle which captured the British public' imagination, both for putting on a performance in the first fight that validated his self-confidence and talking such a good game that the bookies hardly knew which way to turn by the time the second fight rolled round.
The polarising Londoner had an entrance worth of the occasion, arriving on the top of a double decker bus before being backed for his ringwalk by a barrage of fireworks. Froch focused on exuding a calm, calculated demeanour through the pre-fight verbal jousting and maintained that stance right up until the first bell, one that ultimately helped him taste surely the sweetest success of his long career.
Froch's final fight?
Pacing, feinting, probing and prodding was largely the story of an engaging first half of the capital clash, one that was very different to the dramatic first meeting but no less engaging.
Froch waited patiently for an opening and eventually found a home for a vicious right hand right in round 8 thanks to a classic one-two, ensuring arguably the biggest night in the history of British boxing had an ending worthy of it's immense surroundings.
The Nottingham native has kept his fans in limbo over plans to fight again almost ever since, but if he does decide to end a long career at the very top of sport what a way to call it a day, easily one of the most memorable moments of 2014 full stop.
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