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Friday 26 December 2014

I'll flatten cheeky Groves: Carl Froch

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

Carl Froch wants to "flatten" George Groves in their world super-middleweight title fight later this month.

The British pair will settle their differences in an eagerly-anticipated bout for Froch's WBA and IBF belts at the Phones4u Arena in Manchester on November 23.

Tensions have been rising to the surface since the contest was first announced.

The experienced Froch is favourite to retain his titles, but the Nottingham fighter is keen on punishing Groves for a perceived lack of respect and will be targeting a knockout victory.

"I'm looking forward to giving him an absolute pasting for his cheek and that's what will be happening: he'll be getting knocked out," Froch said.

"If he runs, and decides to get through the fight, and holds and tries to survive, he may – may, it's unlikely – see the final bell. But as far as I'm concerned I will catch him because that's what I do: I hit people, hard on the chin.

"I tell you what's going to happen – he's going to get flattened, it's as simple as that."

Despite focusing on ending the bout early, Froch insists he has not been distracted by Groves' taunting and will be methodical when he is in the ring.

"I've just got to not force any of my work and not get too emotionally involved with trying to make something happen," Froch said.

"I've got to be very relaxed, cool, calm and collected. I think George Groves is trying to take me out of my stride, trying to get me to bite, so he'll try and draw me into a bit of a fight, get to me force my work which I'm not going to do.

"I'm too professional for that; I'm just going to do what I've been training on for the last 12 weeks, listen to Rob McCracken, my coach, and slowly and methodically take him apart. It's going to be educated pressure."

While Froch has been at the top of the super-middleweight division for many years and has been involved in several world title fights, it is the unbeaten Groves' first major test.

The 25-year-old had a further setback in the build-up to this bout when it was revealed he had split from long-time trainer Adam Booth. That is likely to play into the hands of Froch, who believes Groves is not yet ready for the bout. "It's a very, very tough task for George Groves. This is his big test in his career and it's a step too far, too soon, as far as I'm concerned," Froch added.

"Splitting up with Adam Booth isn't ideal, it's definitely a negative.

"It sounds like he's been through the mill a little bit which is good news for me."

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