Ranking Wembley's Greatest Fights Ahead of Froch vs. Groves

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Ranking Wembley's Greatest Fights Ahead of Froch vs. Groves
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On Saturday the new Wembley Stadium hosts big-time boxing for the first time since opening in 2007, with the much-awaited Carl Froch vs. George Groves rematch.

The bout is expected to break the post-war British attendance record and will also be higher than any attendance ever recorded at the old Wembley.

There were five major boxing events held at the original stadium, the first coming way back in 1924.

The relatively few number of matches held at Wembley can be explained by the huge crowds needed to make such an occasion economically viable, plus the need for the fight to be held in the summer months, when you can at least hope that the weather will hold.

In addition, during the 1930s, which was the big era of stadium fights before the rise of television, the White City Stadium, built in 1908 for the London Olympics, was the preferred venue.

There have also been many notable fights down the years at Wembley Arena (previously called Empire Pool) such as middleweight world title fights Alan Minter vs. Vito Antuofermo, Minter vs. Marvin Hagler and Terry Downes vs. Paul Pender. Henry Cooper also faced Joe Bugner at Wembley Arena in one of the most anticipated British heavyweight fights of all time.

This list, however, only includes fights at the great stadium itself, ranking the five main events in order of greatness.

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