Carl Froch vs. George Groves on November 23rd; IBF approves fight

froch457By Scott Gilfoid: The International Boxing Federation has given their approval for a title defense by IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) against unbeaten #6 IBF, George Groves (19-0, 15 KO’s) for November 23rd at a venue still to be determined, according to Boxing Roundup.

Groves, 25, says he’ll be talking to Sky Sports News on Tuesday about the fight, presumably to unofficially announce the fight.

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Haye: Groves is ready to face Froch

groves11By 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.”

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Froch says he’ll fight Groves next unless another big fight turns up

froch4534By Scott Gilfoid: It looks like IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) is stuck between a rock and a hard place in terms of having to make a decision about his IBF strap. The International Boxing Federation ordered him to defend his title against his mandatory challenger George Groves (19-0, 15 KO’s), and unless Froch does that he’ll likely be stripped of the IBF strap.

Froch already maneuvered around the previous IBF mandatory Adonis Stevenson to take a second fight against Mikkel Kessler, but now Froch is going to have to face Groves or give up the IBF strap. Froch says he’ll take the fight with Groves unless another big fight falls into his lap. I think what he’s referring to is a third fight against Kessler. Froch has already said he wants that fight.

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Froch says Groves is next in line, not sure when fight will take place

froch2 (2)By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) gave a confusing interview with BBC Radio 5 today saying that his IBF mandatory challenger George Groves (19-0, 15 KO’s) is the next for him, and then in the next breath Froch starts talking about the fight possibly taking place next year.

That’s exactly next if the fight is taking place next year, is it? I mean, I know Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn has been excited about wanting to squeeze in another fight for Froch before the end of the year, so where in the heck is Groves in the equation if Froch is talking about the fight possibly taking place next year? Sounds like the IBF may need to do some stripping if Froch chooses to put Groves on hold for another year.

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Froch turns 36 today; his promoter talking Groves fight

froch4543By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch turns 36 today. His promoter Eddie Hearn is talking about possibly matching him up against his new IBF mandatory challenger George Groves. However, it’s still possible Hearn will have both fighters go in different directions instead of facing other before the end of the year.

Hearn said in an interview with Sky Sports “Both fighters have plenty of options…if it makes sense for both fighters neither has a problem with making it happen. We are in talks regarding a potential blockbuster domestic fight later this year.”

That doesn’t mean that Froch and Groves will fight each other. They both could go off in other directions, so that Groves could challenge WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz, and Froch could fight Mikkel Kessler yet again.

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Calzaghe gives Groves a chance to beat Froch

groves4534By Scott Gilfoid: Joe Calzaghe is giving unbeaten super middleweight contender George Groves (19-0, 15 KO’s) a chance of beating IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) if Froch were to ever agree to fight the 25-year-old Groves. Calzaghe thinks Groves could out-box the 35-year-old Froch if he fought smart.

Calzaghe doesn’t understand why Froch jumps on the case of some of the younger fighters that call him out for a fight.

Calzaghe said to Ringside Toe 2 Toe – “I think he [Groves] has a chance of beating Froch if he fights the right tactics…Froch can be out-boxed.

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Hearn: Groves will have to wait until next year to fight Froch

groves43132By Scott Gilfoid: If George Groves (19-0, 15 KO’s) really has his heart set on a fight against IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) then he’s going to have to wait until next year in the summer, says Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn.

He wants to match Froch up against someone else this winter, probably Mikkel Kessler again, and then look to make the Froch-Groves fight next year in the summer time in an outdoor stadium. Hearn figures that Groves should have a world title in his possession by that time, making a Groves-Froch fight even bigger.

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