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Carl Froch ready to go to war against George Groves


Packing a punch: Carl Froch works out in Nottingham yesterday

Packing a punch: Carl Froch works out in Nottingham yesterday

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Packing a punch: Carl Froch works out in Nottingham yesterday

Carl Froch cannot wait to get his hands on arch-rival George Groves again as the WBA and IBF super-middleweight champion cut a mean and moody figure ahead of their rematch.

The Nottingham veteran has made no secret of the fact he is already sick of the hyperbole surrounding the blockbuster all-British scrap at Wembley on Saturday.

The fight has broken records as 80,000 will flock to the national stadium to witness the two men going toe-to-toe six months after their nine-round cracker in Manchester last year.

Froch, 36, beat his young rival on that night but had to drag himself up from a first-round knockdown and weather a severe storm before controversially stopping the Londoner in the ninth.

The two-time world champion admits he took the 26-year-old lightly on that night, fuelling even more feverish anticipation for the rematch.

Froch has little interest in the buzz around the fight, however.

"I don't enjoy this," he said.

"I enjoy it in the ring but I don't enjoy the build-up to it. Once I'm in there and that bell rings, I'm doing the business. But if you're asking me whether I enjoy the build-up, stood here now, then no.

"When that bell goes I'm going to enjoy it greatly. It is going to be a fantastic fight because we've got such a big crowd behind us and everybody seems to be watching around the world."

Froch believes he has the advantage now he knows Groves better.

"I know what to expect now," he said. "I know what tactics Groves brings. He tries to wind his opponent up. He was successful the first time but I don't listen to him now.

"I'll use this as a chance to show everybody how good I am.

"All I need to do is concentrate. I've beaten tough, strong, world class athletes. Roll on Saturday. I can't wait.

"I'm bigger, heavier and stronger now, which is bad news for George Groves.

"I'm not sure George will ever be a world champion. I don't think he's a 12-round fighter.

"He's not genetically cut out for this at the top level – not tough enough. As for me, I'm not ready to retire. I'm enjoying the sport.

"I want him stood there with me in the middle of the ring having a fight.

"Because there's only going to be one winner. George, you're getting stopped and you could get hurt.

"I'm looking at doing some serious business on him. Without going into details and getting into trouble, we all know what that means – and it's bad news for George Groves."

Groves has vowed to take the fight to Froch and believes the contest will resemble the legendary 'war' between Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns in 1985, which Hagler won via a third-round stoppage.

Groves made a sensational start to his first meeting with Froch, knocking the champion down in the opening round with a thunderous right hand.

The challenger dominated the first half of the fight but Froch came roaring back in round nine, when referee Howard Foster stopped the fight, prematurely in the eyes of most observers.

"I gave him the advantage in the first fight, allowed him to get comfortable and let his shots go," said Froch.

"I took too many steps back but I won't be taking a backward step in this fight."

Belfast Telegraph