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Froch lacks resilient mentality, says Groves

WBA and IBF super-middleweight title challenger George Groves insists he has the physical fitness to match Carl Froch over 12 rounds – but has questioned whether the defending champion has the mental toughness needed.

The pre-amble to this weekend's record-breaking fight has gone into overdrive and Froch admitted on Monday he does not enjoy the build-up.

Groves was keen to seize on that as a sign of weakness and told his opponent Saturday's rematch in front of 80,000 at Wembley is one he cannot win.

"Technically, in a purely boxing sense, I beat Froch every day of the week," he said. "Saturday night is fast approaching and he needs to get himself up for this fight and I wish him luck because he is in a fight he can't win.

"It is not because he is not good enough but (because) I won't allow him to win.

"If he wants to fall apart mentally, so be it. If he needs to coach himself to not fall apart, I wish him the best of luck there too.

"I'm sure he's felt good at times and I'm sure he's felt vulnerable at times. It is sink or swim time in terms of whether you deal with the occasion or not but I've never failed yet.

"I've boxed in front of big crowds and I've never let the occasion get to me and it is all about containing the excitement, not the nerves. Nothing is left to chance. We are in fight week and he needs to understand his destiny is dawning."

Groves warned this time around he is more than capable of going the distance, but is confident that will not be required.

"If Carl can withstand punishment past six rounds then it's only going to get worse for him because I'm only going to get stronger, fitter and faster.

"I know I can go more than 12 rounds but I don't think Carl Froch will go past three."

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