Thursday’s pre-fight press conference turned out to be a less fiery affair than the first meeting as Carl Froch and George Groves both predictably promised victory in their imminent return.
One highlight of the media gathering was the naming of the punch that the challenger stated would be the one that knocked out the unified champion as Groves spelled out his finishing tactics to the eager audience.
“This couldn’t be more perfect really. I’m going to become World Champion in London,” said Groves.
“I’m fortunate that I’m in that situation. Saturday night I will arrive, fully, properly. No stone will be left unturned. We are fully prepared.
“I could’ve gone 12 rounds the first time. The referee shouldn’t have stopped the fight. That’s why we’re here right now.”
“We have been working on the left hook, it will be the left hook that finishes Carl Froch,” added Groves confidently, before Froch was prompted for a response and said: ” I was just saying to Rob (McCracken), I’d better keep my right hand up by my chin then.”
There were no sparks and no fireworks at all, just two relaxed fighter’s with a job to do. That’s something that would have no doubt pleased promoter Eddie Hearn, who wants the rematch to speak for itself without any overiding controversy this time around.
At the staredown, Groves seemed a little nervous whilst putting his fist up before Froch had time to gather his belt collection, although ‘The Cobra’ himself did not want to engage too much in eye contact with the fixated Londoner.
With one more formality remaining at Friday’s weigh-in, the anticipation is still building for what promises to be an amazing main event at Wembley Stadium as 80,000 fans pack the UK’s national stadium for the British blockbuster event of the year.
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