IN a sport that rewards phoney rivalries as much as real ones, a pairing like Carl Froch and George Groves, which stretched from 2013 to 2014, was a gift from the boxing gods. It was real, it was nasty, and it delivered two fascinating fights, one of which was controversial, the other conclusive.
It was also, because of its authenticity, never going to result in the two of them being friends, regardless of the result or the respect both men gained in the ring together. This was evidenced today when Carl Froch, the retired former world super-middleweight champion, touched on George Groves’ decision to officially announce his own retirement from the sport and did so in a manner that suggests Froch’s 2-0 lead in the series equates to bragging rights for life.
“I am not surprised George Groves has retired and it makes complete sense to me,” Froch told Sky Sports.