Former British super middleweight great Carl Froch has thrown his weight behind old rival George Groves as the Londoner gears up for another crack at a world title next month.
Groves, who lost his two previous challenges when stopped by Froch on both occasions, faces Badou Jack for the WBC version on the Mayweather v Berto undercard on September 12 and ‘The Cobra’ would like to see his compatriot bring the title to the UK.
“I hope George Groves wins the world title out in Vegas,” Froch said in his new Sky Sports column. “There you go, I’ve said it. I want George to become the WBC super-middleweight champion of the world and I also think he can do it.
“George Groves was great for me, he really was. It was great for British boxing, it was great to get a whole new audience and on a personal level, he was brilliant for me. He gave me that platform and I will never forget that – even if I still see the odd thing he’s said that shows he’s not over it!
“I want to see he has got through all that because it seems James DeGale had to go through all sorts of stuff and if George has the WBC and James still has the IBF, what a fight that would be. It would be interesting and it would be exciting to see what goes on.
“I wouldn’t mind if Groves did more than win that WBC title; it would be great to see him taking them all on, beating the lot and being regarded as the best super-middleweight in the world. That would make me look even better!
“Honestly though, I want to see George Groves win that world title,” he added.
Opponent Jack, 31, is a prominent member of The Money Team alongside pound for pound best Floyd Mayweather, although was humbled by an early KO against Derek Edwards in 2014 and is seen as one of the weaker champions from the current crop.