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Groves hoping to get Froch bout in 2012

By Sean McDaniel: George Groves (13-0, 10 KO’s) is now eying a fight with WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (27-1, 20 KO’s) in 2012 after beating British super middleweight champion James DeGale (10-1, 8 KO’s) by a close 12 round decision last Saturday night.


DeGale and his promoter Frank Warren wants a rematch, because of how close the fight turned out to be. However, Groves is looking for bigger fights and wants to move forward to a fight against Froch in the future.

The only problem here is that Froch is currently tied up in the Super Six tournament and the only way that he’ll be free of it anytime soon is if he gets beaten in his next fight by Glen Johnson next month in their Super Six tournament semifinals bout on June 4th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. And if Froch loses that fight, it might not be all that thrilling for Groves to face Froch coming off a loss to Johnson.

Froch could beat Johnson but that will mean that Groves will have to wait until next year to get a shot against Froch. Groves and Froch have sparred together in the past, and Froch reportedly dropped Groves early in their sparring. Has Groves learned enough since then to beat Froch or at least be competitive with him? That’s a big unknown, because Groves doesn’t have the size or the power to match up well with Froch.

Groves would have to use a lot of movement like he did against DeGale to have any real chance at winning. But even that likely wouldn’t help much because Froch is good at applying pressure and would batter Groves when catches up with him. Groves would at least get a good payday in losing to Froch, but his chances of winning are pretty much zero. Groves would be better off going after a paper champion instead of someone like Froch.

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