IBF: Nothing more we can do for George Groves
Former super-middleweight world title challenger George Groves is set to learn whether or not his unbeaten record will stay intact when the British Boxing Board of Control mull over a no contest decision for his controversial clash with Carl Froch.
The 25 year-old was stopped in nine rounds of his British battle for the WBA and IBF belts last November and has since been handed an immediate rematch by the International Boxing Federation following an appeal.
Due to the fact that Froch could vacate his title and avoid another fight, Groves has also taken his case to the BBBofC on the back of the IBF’s ruling and wants the result overturned to take his record back to 19-0.
When contacted by WBN, both the IBF and the BBBofC have made it clear that they are doing all they can for the Londoner in his quest to erase what many see as a poorly-timed stoppage by UK referee Howard Foster. A final result on the case could be made public as early as next Wednesday as Groves seeks an end to a frustrating period in his career.
“The IBF cannot change a ruling in the results of a fight. The only thing we can do is order a re-match, which we have done for George Groves. The only person that can change a ruling is the local commission/federation and in the case of Froch vs. Groves, that would be the BBBofC,” IBF chairman Lindsey Tucker pointed out to World Boxing News.
Hope for Groves was then raised further when Tucker added: “We have just had a fight in Minnesota last month where the Champion was knocked out after the bell rang. The Minnesota Commission then changed it from a KO win for Barthelemy, to a no-decision and the IBF ordered a re-match.”
The British Board are set to convene to finally put the matter to bed once and for all next week as promoter Eddie Hearn continues his efforts to put the two fighters in the ring for a second time later this year.
“The General Secretary advises that the Board have received correspondence from Mr. George Groves which will be discussed on the 12th February 2014,” the BBBofC stated to WBN.
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