By Scott Gilfoid: IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO’s) had his career on the line last Saturday night when he defended his titles against George Groves (19-2, 15 KO’s) in their rematch at Wembley Stadium, in London, UK. Froch says he would have retired if he had lost to Groves. This is kind of startling at the same time disappointing because it makes you wonder whether Froch still has his head in the game at this point in his career.
“I don’t want to go out or finish my career, because my career would have been over,” Froch told nottinghampost.com. “I would have retired if I lost that fight. I didn’t want to go out and be remembered in the biggest fight in British boxing history post-war as a loser.” Read the rest of this entry »
By Gav Duthie: After George Groves 8th round knockout defeat on Saturday night to Carl Froch it’s fair to say that sibling promotional team Kalle and Nisse Sauerland have a difficult task ahead in plotting his world title trail. The punch landed by Carl was precise and well timed but was it devastating enough to do the damage it did? After revisiting George’s early career problems with Kenny Anderson and watching the first Froch fight again you have to start questioning the chin of the Londoner. Team Sauerland have a very similar problem with the talented but vulnerable 6″9 Liverpudlian heavyweight David Price. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: James DeGale (19-1, 13 KO’s) defeated Brandon Gonzales last Saturday night in their IBF super middleweight eliminator bout, but now DeGale is left with a situation where he very likely still won’t be getting a world title shot against IBF belt holder Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO’s), as Froch has already said that he has an optional title defense coming up next and that he wants to follow his dream of fighting under the big lights in Las Vegas, Nevada.
DeGale is now looking at a situation where he’ll likely need to wait until 2015 before he gets a title shot at the IBF belt, and even then it might not be against Froch, because his promoter Eddie Hearn said today that the belts no longer mean anything to Froch. He’s now looking for the fights that will bring the biggest paydays and that will motivate him the most. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (19-2, 15 KO’s) was out cold for three seconds last night after getting knocked out by IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO’s) in their second and likely final fight between. Groves said that when he came to, he was ready to get back up and resume fighting if the referee Charlie Fitch hadn’t held him down to keep him from getting back to his feet. Fitch did the smart thing in stopping the fight at that moment.
When Groves did finally get to his feet, he didn’t look good as he staggered slightly while walking to his corner to sit down on a stool. Read the rest of this entry »
By Nick Hagan: The great sport of Boxing has enjoyed a fantastic renaissance during the last few years. This is partially due to the influx of new promoters; TV & Internet channel setup and investment of money from new players into the game. However, ultimately the renaissance has mainly happened due to the exciting talent that we have been blessed with, in each of the divisions.
Boxing is purely an entertaining sport. However fans either prefer ‘The Sweet Science’ or the ‘Pure Sweat and Guts’. I for one prefer the latter. Boxing for me is about watching two warriors who are happy to lay everything on the line and are not afraid to ‘hit and be hit’. Read the rest of this entry »
By Simon Allen: Last year prior too November the general public had no idea who George Groves was. The most avid boxing fans knew him to be a good boxer most definitely one for the future. When the IBF made Groves mandatory for the super middleweight belt few gave George a chance, apart from the man himself that is.
Groves was pitted as a heavy underdog not fancied against the granite chin and power of the experienced Froch. However George had other ideas. Dismissive of the champions achievements in the ring and his reputation, and confident enough to tell the media what he would do to Froch in the fight, George said he would show people he was good enough to be in the ring with the champion. He was dignified in saying so neither obnoxious nor bullying merely showing his immense confidence and self belief a stark change form how fighters usually hype their fights. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) said last night that he could be back in the ring in September or October. Haye looked like he was feeling pretty good in celebrating last night’s fight card at Wembley Stadium, but he looked to be be dead serious about being back in the ring.
“If I was a betting man, I’d bet I’m fighting in September or October,” Haye said to IFL TV.
Gee, it looks like Haye has made a quicker recovery than many boxing fans thought he would. It was only a couple of months ago when Haye was sounding iffy about his career like he wouldn’t be able to come back from his right shoulder injury. Read the rest of this entry »
By Daniel Hughes: The reported decline of boxing as a sport that could be described as out of the spotlight in the UK was firmly put back into focus last night at Wembley stadium, in London, England. The WBA/IBF title fight between champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO’s), and George Groves (19-2, 15 KO’s), certainly captured the nations imagination. Read the rest of this entry »
By Allan Fox: #1 IBF Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KO’s) completely wore out IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm (39-4-2, 18 KO’s) in beating him by a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision last Saturday night to capture his IBF 160 lb. title at the König Palast, Krefeld, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Soliman, 40, won the fight by the judges’ scores of 118-110, 118-110, and 117-111.
Soliman beat Sturm last year by a 12 round unanimous decision in February of 2013. But last night, Soliman beat Sturm far worse than he did last time in badly outworking him for 12 rounds. Read the rest of this entry »
By Scott Gilfoid: George Groves (19-2, 15 KO’s) fought well enough for the first 7 rounds to be essentially knotted up with IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KO’s) last night, but then he royally blew it by backing up to the ropes like a 3-fight novice and got blasted out by Froch in getting knocked out in front of a partially filled 80,000 seat stadium at Wembley. Now Groves is saying he’d like another crack at Froch for a third fight between them.
“I’d love another chance. I don’t think I can’t beat Carl Froch, and I just sold out Wembley Stadium,” Groves said to IFL TV. “I’m sure I’ll become a world champion. It’s going to be the quickest route rather than the easiest route.” Read the rest of this entry »