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blog Friday, 26 July 2013

George Groves has done nothing to deserve shot at Carl Froch but it's a fascinating fight

Bob Mee wonders who the timing will be right for

POLITICKING, as Don King used to call it, has done something useful for once - in that it has led to the Carl Froch-George Groves fight being made.
 
Without beating anybody at the high end of the super-middleweight rankings, Groves was made no.1 contender by both the International Boxing Federation and the World Boxing Council.
 
While that's a ridiculous piece of judgement by both sets of ratings committees, at least it means Groves was made the mandatory contender for Froch's IBF title.
 
Froch, as he says, is the type of champion who honours his commitments to the governing body - and so will fight Groves in a match that has great meaning to British boxing fans in particular, and the super-middleweight division as a whole.
 
It's an intriguing one: Froch can fight if he wants, as he did against Lucian Bute and Mikkel Kessler, and can box, as he did against Arthur Abraham. Groves is improving and getting stronger at 25 - it will be interesting to see if he's in the right place at the right time, and has improved enough, or if the opportunity has come a little too soon.

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Too soon for Groves. He could do with three more fights over a year, especially working on tightening up his defence. I think Froch on points by four rounds margin or even a late TKO.

02:06 - Friday, 26 July 2013

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