WBA and IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch is looking to put on a much better display second time around against George Groves and close the book on what has one of biggest British rivalries of recent times.
The 36 year-old, who has fought in back-to-back world title fights for the last six years, was supremely confident the when meeting Groves back in November, only to be floored and embroiled in an all-out war with his compatriot.
A controversial ending in the ninth round has led Froch to the opportunity to finish what he says he started in Manchester – as ‘The Cobra’ aims to prove that he still has what it takes to fend off the up and coming challengers.
“For me to be involved in such a big event like this, it’s a very proud moment,” said Froch.
“Through my whole career as a professional, I’ve never fought at a stadium. It ticks one of the boxes for me. Not many boxers get the chance to fight in an outdoor event, especially a stadium as fantastic as Wembley.
“We’re going to get closure on this whole Carl Froch-George Groves saga. I’m really looking forward to putting on this display and putting him behind me in this fabulous stadium, in the capital city, on Sky Sports Box Office. It doesn’t get any bigger than this for British boxing.
“I’m in a much better place this time and there’s certainly not anything he’s going to say that’s going to wind me up. It’s impossible. The hatred started when George was being really disrespectful and playing down my performances and writing me off.
“I thought to myself ‘hang on a minute, I’m world champion. I deserve a little bit more respect.’ But there’s nothing he can say now that is going to get under my skin.
“You can slip into what we call the comfort zone where you are trying to do things comfortably just to get through the session sometimes. I always put the work in I had to in the gym physically with what I need to do.
“But sometimes your mind is not always there and it’s sort of just getting through the session rather than really digging in and then getting stuck into the session.
“So that’s where I am at now, I’m getting stuck in and thinking about what I am doing and concentrating a lot more in the gym than what I did for the first fight.”
Froch admitted that he lackadaisical approach almost cost him dear before, but still says Groves in not on his level – even after taking one hell of a shot from the Londoner early on in their opening fight.
“I’m guilty of not giving George Groves the respect he deserves in the first fight,” he said. “It was difficult to because he was talking so much trash. George Groves had not boxed anyone ranked in the top 15 in the world. That’s the facts.
“He still hasn’t beaten anyone ranked in the top 15 in the world, because the only person he did fight was me and let’s not forget that result. It was a round nine stoppage. But I do need to give him a little more attention, a little more boxing respect and go in there totally focused and totally prepared, which I wasn’t in the first fight.
“I get to do it all over again, but this time I’ll finish the job properly, finish it conclusively and leave no question marks. I’m so excited that I’m going to give George Groves an absolute pasting in front of such a big crowd on a massive event. I cannot wait!”
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
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