George Groves Insists Carl Froch Fight Be Deemed 'No Contest'

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistFebruary 4, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09:  George Groves celebrates his victory over Dario Balmaceda during their International Super Middleweight bout at Wembley Arena on March 9, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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As the war of words rages on between the two fighters, George Groves and Carl Froch's rivalry has reached new heights after the former insisted his November 2013 loss to "The Cobra" be ruled a no contest.

Groves took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 4, confirming that he'd written to the British Boxing Board of Control in an effort to see the result overruled:

The tweet implies that, in no unclear terms, referee Howard Foster stopped the fight too early, a disposition with which many among the British audience might be inclined to agree.

The super-middleweight bout was a highly billed clash between British titans at the time, but it ended under some controversial headlines. Froch was awarded the win following Foster's stoppage, but there was the notion that Groves, who had more than held his own earlier in the fight, would recover.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Carl Froch shakes hands with George Groves during their IBF and WBA World Super Middleweight bout at Phones4u Arena on November 23, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Three months after that meeting at Manchester's Phones4U Arena, talk hasn't died down about the match, with rumours of a rematch being batted about and a whole host of repercussions still being discussed.

As the BBC's Richard Conway states, Froch has been ordered to fight Groves once again after the International Boxing Federation ruled an "improper stoppage":

In late January, BBC Sport revealed that Groves had lost his appeal to a bigger share of the purse split for any rematch that could occur, maintaining that 85 percent of the prize money would be awarded to the successful IBF and World Boxing Association super-middleweight title defender. 

Since then, the Nottingham Post has reported that promoter Eddie Hearn could be close to securing a rematch between the two.

An excerpt from the article reads:

Eddie Hearn is confident he can strike a deal for a Carl Froch and George Groves rematch, but only if both fighters lower their demands. Hearn is currently negotiating with both boxers but has until today to agree a deal or the fight will go to purse bids and to the highest bidder.

Promoter Hearn was due to talk with both fighters yesterday and is hopeful of sealing one of the most anticipated fights in world boxing.

Groves' latest bid to preserve his reputation is a daring one, over which the BBBoC will have a big say.

However, even if the 25-year-old is successful in his bid to have the result changed to a no contest, it will only serve in further encouraging the rematch that the boxing world is desperate to see come to fruition.