By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (19-1, 15 KO’s) doesn’t plan on wasting a minute of time on May 31st when he gets a second shot at IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (32-2, 23 KO’s). Groves wants to pounce on Froch and knock him out straightway to make sure that the referee, whoever it ends up being, has no chance to intercede and put his own royal stamp on the fight.
Groves is a little bit jaded from the last time he fought Froch in November last year. Groves was having his way for move of the fight until the referee abruptly stopped the fight moments after Froch shoulder bumped Groves into the ropes. The referee perhaps didn’t see that Froch rammed into Groves instead of punching him. The force of the shoulder bump knocked Groves back several feet to the ropes at which the referee stopped the fight following several wind milling misses from Froch.
“I think think Carl will make too many fundamental mistakes and he’ll explode, then implode and he’ll get hit with shots early and he won’t get up,” Groves said. “Paddy [Fitzpatrick] is saying ‘five,’ I am saying three. Just like the first time he will be forced to fight the way I dictate the fight. He’s already said he’ll knock me out in the second half of the fight. Well, that’s a false belief, because it’s just something to hang onto.”
I totally agree with Groves. Froch seems to have his mind made up that the way to beat Groves is to wait around for the first 6 rounds, and then bum rush him from the 7th round on, turning the fight into a really, really physical affair. If you look at home Froch fought in the first part of his fights against Groves and Andre Dirrell, and compare it to how he fought in the 2nd half of the fight, it’s like night and day.
Froch gets really rough in there and takes his game into overdrive. He was literally walking into shots left and right in both of those fights, and not fighting at all smart and level-headed like he had been in parts of the first half of the fight.
Groves could have a chance of knocking Froch out if he goes after him with everything he had in the tank in the first 6 rounds. But instead of looking to drown Froch with punches, Groves should look to nail Froch with big single shots because those are the punches that he’s had problems with in fights against Dirrell, Jermaine Taylor and Groves. If Groves jabs Froch repeatedly in between his big power shots, he should be able to stop him quickly.