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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Carl Froch v George Groves set to be a record-breaker

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Champion: Carl Froch is feeling in confident mood
Champion: Carl Froch is feeling in confident mood

It took about 90 minutes yesterday to sell 60,000 tickets for the rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves at Wembley on May 31.

Eddie Hearn, the promoter of Froch-Groves, will meet with Transport for London and talk about putting on extra transportation and hopefully another 20,000 will then go on sale.

If that happens and they all sell it will be a record British gate of about £5m. The fight will be on Sky pay-per-view and that will, if sales exceed one million, add a further £20m to the kitty. It will be the most lucrative fight to ever take place in Britain.

The pair came together yesterday during a particularly fractious conference that turned ugly when they posed on the Wembley pitch and ended with Froch pushing Groves away. It was not a friendly nudge.

The hate on both of their faces was astonishing at that moment.

Froch won their first fight last November in round nine but there was some controversy concerning the timing of the stoppage by the British referee Howard Foster.

Groves insists this time he will finish Froch off before the final bell. Perhaps Groves has a point because during the last six years Froch has been in 11 consecutive world title fights and only one has been easy.

Froch has seemingly been lost in deep holes and has done what champions do and found a way to win. He did it last November and he claims he will do it this May.

It is a good debate, it was a great fight last time and this time 80,000 will sit in judgement.

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