By Scott Gilfoid: David Haye believes unbeaten George Groves (19-0, 15 KO’s) is as ready as he’ll ever be to facing IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) in a clash that could take place in November. Haye doesn’t feel that the 25-year-old Groves needs any more experience to be ready to fight the 36-year-old Froch. He sees him as being essentially the finished product at 25.
Haye said to Sky Sports “If George Groves isn’t ready now when will he be ready? He is ranked number one behind him, so who else should he fight? There aren’t many people out there either, so if he’s not ready now, he’ll never be ready…I think this will be a great fight for him.”
I kind of agree with Haye. Groves probably won’t much by waiting to take the fight, and it’ll only give Froch a good excuse that he was beaten because he was getting old. At 36, Froch is starting to get up there in age, and if the fight were to be delayed any further it would give Froch and some of his supporters an excuse for why he lost.
Right now, Froch’s age isn’t the point where he or his fans could use as the reason for a loss to Groves but it’s definitely getting close. I mean, I thought Froch looked terrible in his last fight against Mikel Kessler last May. Froch was throwing a limp jab all night long, missing with his shots, doing spins after missing and just looking really sloppy.
Groves would have likely beaten Froch badly had he been in the ring with him on that night. He wouldn’t have been held back by Froch’s jab the way that Kessler was, and he would have nailed Froch each time he missed with one of his shots. If Froch tried that spin move against Groves, he’d have been brained.
I think Groves could use a little more experience against the likes of the Dirrell brothers, Edwin Rodriguez and Tommy Oosthuizen, but the problem is I think those guys might all beat him, so it’s probably not a good idea for Groves to look for any additional experience before fighting Froch. Besides, I think Groves is good enough to beat Froch even without the extra experience.