Commonwealth titleholder George Groves and IBF and WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch nearly came to blows after tipping the scales Friday for tonight’s bout at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester.
The 6-foot-1 Froch (31-2, 22 KOs) weighed 167.75 pounds and the 5-foot-11 Groves went 166.4 (19-0, 15 KOs).
Froch, also a past two-time WBC super middleweight king who unanimously outscored Mikkel Kessler to win the WBA crown in their rematch on May 25, twice whispered something into Groves’ ear to ignite the fireworks.
“I was just letting him know he is in deep water,” Froch, 36, told Sky Sports News. “In all honesty, I didn’t say a great deal that was significant because he was just silent and he looked petrified. Yesterday he looked worried; today he looks really, really worried. He looks like a really worried man that realizes the magnitude of the event and it will be dawning on him. I don’t think he’s sleeping and he shouldn’t be because he’s in serious trouble.”
Meanwhile, Groves last exited the squared circle in May after overwhelming Noe Gonzalez Alcoba in five rounds.
“He didn’t say anything that he hasn’t said before,” said Groves, 25. “I just looked at him. I’ve said enough that needs to be said now. He can choose to listen or not. I gave him the game-plan. How much of a gentleman do I need to be? I’m more than confident that I’ve got the tools to beat Carl Froch. I can’t wait to get in there and show him.”
A legitimate bruiser, Froch has battled premier pugilists and possesses a granite chin and solid power in both hands.
Conversely, despite having a brilliant amateur background, Groves lacks experience and has fought a host of tomatoes cans.
Groves will inevitably try to use deft footwork and avoid Froch.
However, “The Cobra” will eventually corner Groves against the ropes and batter the youngster.
In a somewhat lopsided affair, expect Carl Froch to have George Groves “in serious trouble” throughout before finishing the Londoner within nine rounds later this evening.