WBA and IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch is focused on ending the undefeated run of contender George Groves later this month when the pair clash at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester.
Veteran Froch, 36, has mixed in world-class for a number of years now and has rightly earned his place amongst the pound for pound best in the world. Latest foe and compatriot Groves seems to have forgotten that fact in the build-up as the ‘Saint’ cranks up the insults with little regard for Froch’s achievments.
The cocky 25 year-old has undergone a role reversal in the run-up to his first world title fight following his baiting at the hands of nemesis James DeGale in 2011, which ultimately ended with Groves having his hand raised in London.
Last weeks UK TV special on Sky Sports’ Ringside saw Groves attempt to considerably ruffle the feathers of the more experienced Froch, with some media quarters running with headlines stating that the challenger firmly got the better of ‘The Cobra’ during the hour-long show.
Three-time world title holder Froch has now had time to subjectively reflect on the events that happened last Thursday and believes that an over-confident Groves has only contributed to his own downfall, which will come on November 23.
“Groves stated on the Sky Sport’s Ringside show last week that he was going to put me to sleep, that I have no chance and he was looking forward to taking my titles and putting me into retirement,” said Froch in his Nottingham Post column. “Well he’s going to be in for a massive shock with that sort of talk.
“He’s got a tiger by the tail and is going to get bitten badly. I’ve run hundreds of miles and sparred thousands of rounds since I was a boy to reach this point in my career and if he thinks he can turn up and take me out then he’s badly mistaken.
“I’m looking to blast him away in style!”
Meanwhile, the undercard for the big pay-per-view encounter on Sky Sports Box Office has been considerably boosted today.
Matchroom have announced Scott Quigg’s latest WBA super-bantamweight title defence against Diego Silva, along with adding two-time world middleweight title challenger Martin Murray and Olympic gold medallists Anthony Joshua and Luke Campbell to the bill.