Eddie Hearn is already salivating at the prospect of handling what the Matchroom promoter has called ‘the biggest fight in British Boxing history’ on May 31 when Carl Froch and George Groves hit the ring for the second time in six months.
Announcing the fight yesterday, Hearn was delighted to be able to give the fans the fight they wanted following earlier admissions that Froch was considering a fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in the USA.
Ultimately, the pressure from the UK public on Froch to accept the challenge from a single-minded Groves told, and the two super-middleweight rivals will now contest the WBA and IBF titles once more live on pay-per-view.
“Quite simply, I believe this is the biggest fight in British boxing history,” said Hearn. “Taking away the controversy from their first encounter, it was one of the most epic and exhilarating fights I have ever witnessed and I’m delighted the public are going to get a chance to see it all again. The unanswered questions from the first fight may now be answered. Get ready for a whirlwind of a build-up and an event and fight for the ages – Froch v Groves 2 is on!”
Hearn is now searching for the ideal venue to stage what will be one of the biggest British clashes in recent memory, with demand for tickets to Froch v Groves 2 expected to be at an all-time high.
An outdoor football arena is already said to be the only viable choice for all involved in the return, although with Froch being a Nottingham Forest fan and Groves supporting Chelsea, it maybe difficult for either of those stadiums to be agreed by the other.
The huge capacities of Wembley, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium or Manchester’s Old Trafford could be the more likely scenario for the bout, although it is still early days yet as the ink begins drying on the IBF-stipulated contracts.
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