WBN Preview II: Groves riling tactics don’t suit as Froch gameplan fails to spark

Phil Jay 22/11/2013

As George Groves squared up to Carl Froch following the weigh-in formalities I couldn’t help but think how forced the challenger’s attempts were to make the two-belt world champion bite at his constant baiting.

Looking through the history books, especially to when Groves fought James DeGale, you can clearly see the then mild-mannered and respectful contender was unfazed by the pressure he was put under on such a big occasion.

Fast-forward to this year and Groves is acting totally out of character as he clearly wants to get Froch so irate that the he ditches his own tactics and hands him a better chance of sealing victory.

I keep harping back to the loss of Adam Booth as I am convinced that Groves would be acting totally different if his ‘Dark Lord’ was still steering the ship and he may have had a better shout of running Froch closer.

In my eyes though this riling plan is not working as Groves is only making himself look like an annoying upstart who clearly seems out of his depth – as the daunting task of facing one of the world’s best super-middleweights hits home.

Froch looks cool, calmed and collected, with stories of him losing some of the verbal wars slightly off point for me as ‘The Cobra’ has only been frustrated that couldn’t smack Groves in the mouth any earlier.

That chance comes on Saturday night at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester after Froch weighed in just under the limit on Friday at 167lbs and Groves came in a pound lighter at 166.

Many are predicting a close fight, with some maybe guilty of hyping the domestic angle of the encounter, rather than seeing the contest for what it is, which to me is a far more one-sided affair judging by the two fighter’s recent opponents and experience.

It is incomparable to look at their careers and see Groves having much of a chance of pulling off the upset and Froch should be able to get the Londoner out of their in the first few rounds for my money.

The Nottingham man may well want to toy with the brash youngster first before taking him out, meaning the fight could go into the later rounds, but I fully expect a stoppage for Froch and a potential rematch with Andre Ward to follow.

Froch and Groves are swimming in two entirely different oceans in my opinion and selling the fight for pay-per-view as a close run thing is just par for the course.

We will certainly find out in time….

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