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Gloves are off: Mental warfare as Froch turns the tables on Groves

Phil Jay 24/05/2014

IBF and WBA super-middleweight champion Carl Froch and upcoming challenger George Groves went head-to-head on Sky Sports in the UK on Saturday night in preparation for their massive rematch on May 31.

The British rivals sat either side of Ringside presenter Johnny Nelson, and at times engaged in a tit-for-tat arguments, although the younger fighter seemed to be the edgier of the two this time around.

Despite getting in some early jabs and taking an early lead in the conversation, just like the first fight, Groves was out-pointed verbally once the dust had settled on the chat.

Froch was visibly rattled in press conferences prior to their first fight, in which he was knocked down before coming back to win via a debated ninth round stoppage, but looked calm and collected this time around as he aims for a similar result at Wembley.

At one stage, Nelson asked Groves a direct question from which no reply came – as the Londoner stared blankly at Froch, who was lapping up the tension oozed by the previously brash up and comer.

Groves attempted to goad Froch into a reaction throughout, with ‘The Cobra’ never taking the bait, even when ‘The Saint’ mentioned that the four-time world title holder was seeing a sports psychologist as part of his camp.

Upon finishing their stone-faced conversation, the pair where asked if they would end the show on a handshake, leading Groves to go for the macho move of pulling Froch towards him and almost over.

Unexpectedly, the undaunted Froch yanked back at Groves to counter his move and sent the underdog sprawling towards the table before sitting calmly back down and sipping his water.

Both fighters predicted knockouts in next weekend’s Sky Sports Box Office blockbuster, and if this final preview is anything to by, all enthralled by this encounter are in for another treat come fight night.

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