Boxing enthusiast and Eastenders star Jake Wood has shared his thoughts with WBN as British fight fans continues to digest yesterday’s Froch v Groves 2 press conference at Wembley.
Wood, who plays Max Branning on the long-running BBC soap, is a regular around the UK fight and gym scene, and after viewing the events in London on Monday, is anticipating another exciting build-up between the two Brits ahead of their May 31 rematch.
“I think on watching the press conference it seems to be the same as the first time around,” Wood told World Boxing News.
“I feel that Groves has the upper hand psychologically and I especially liked his bit of business with the Rubik’s cube whilst Froch was talking to the media. Whatever you think of him, George is a great showman and knows how to draw the attention onto himself.
“I don’t think Froch knows how to deal mentally with his opponent and showed his frustration by pushing Groves as he was talking away at him.
“I also feel that the involvement of Lee Froch, Carl’s brother, at the press conference was unnecessary and reflected badly upon the champion. To me, it showed weakness as he allowed his brother to shout the odds whilst Carl himself remained quiet.
“Having said that, I still feel that Froch will come into this rematch more fully prepared than he did the last time and I see it going the full twelve rounds with Froch just edging it on points.”
Some 60,000 Froch v Groves 2 tickets have already been snapped up by eager fans within an hour of going on sale at midday yesterday as the London battle lives up to it’s billing as the most lucrative British fight of all time.
There is no doubt that the return comes with even more of a buzz of anticipation than the first, even with a full eleven weeks to go until the first bell at the big Wembley event, although the fallout to the opening exchanges has brought a noticeable shift towards Groves in the likeability stakes.
Seasoned campaigner Froch still remains the favourite to retain his WBA and IBF super-middleweight belts though as Groves continues to poke and prod ‘The Cobra’ until he passes breaking point.
Controversy has further rumbled on since the media gahering as Groves now stipulates neutral officials following Howard Foster’s much-debated involvement last November, with this latest disagreement set to be just one of many more to come in the run up to the second encounter.
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