WBA and IBF world title holder Carl Froch is under no illusions of the task that is in front of him on Saturday night after learning a valuable lesson against George Groves the first time around.
The 36 year-old, who admitted taking Groves lightly, was dropped heavily by the younger challenger in November and from that point on had to muster all his experience to get the job done in Manchester.
Now, ‘The Cobra’ is handing Londoner Groves home advantage at Wembley Stadium for the eagerly-anticipated return clash and has left everything in the gym in order to make their second a much more straightforward affair.
“I still can’t believe that we’ll be walking out in front of 80,000 fans, boxing fans and non-boxing fans,” stated Froch at the final press conference.
“I’ve prepared for this fight like no other fight before and I’m in unbelievable shape. Just perfect shape.”
Froch has fought solely in world title fights for the last six years, with Groves getting his first taste when defeated in nine rounds previously, and three-time world champion says this can be the deciding factor at the weekend.
“I’m extremely confident and I put a lot of my confidence down to my boxing career,” said Froch.
“I think every fight in every professional boxer’s career is equally as important. This one, because of the stage in my career, because of these two world titles, because it’s an immediate return against George Groves, has an air of importance.”
“This is by far the biggest fight of my unbelievable career.
“Hardcore boxing fans know what I’m about. And when I turn up in the shape I’m in now, you’ve seen it time and time again against top competition, I’ve proved I can perform.
“I know what I need to do and I know how to do it,” he added.
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Froch v Groves is live on HBO in the US and Sky Sports Box Office in the UK this Saturday night from Wembley Stadium in London