George Groves' confidence has been a running theme throughout the buildup to his rematch with Carl Froch, but in Thursday's final press conference before the much-anticipated fight, he detailed exactly which punch will end his opponent's world title reign.
The Sun tweeted Groves' quotes, followed by Froch's response:
Groves: "We've been working on left hooks - it will be the left hook which finishes Carl Froch on Saturday night."— The Sun - Boxing (@SunBoxing) May 29, 2014
Froch: "If that's the case, I better pick my right hand up! I'm 36 but I've still got what it takes. It's a cliche, but it's just a number."— The Sun - Boxing (@SunBoxing) May 29, 2014
Rather humorously, Groves may need to extend his left hook through his copious amount of bodyguards, per Andy Burton of Sky Sports News:
Froch appeared assured throughout the conference, his confidence stemming from having proven himself across a record of 32 wins in 34 fights, recorded by BoxRec. The Nottingham-born fighter outlined his feelings heading into the bout, tweeted by Sean Ingle of The Guardian:
Froch: "I am in unbelievable, fantastic shape and I am really looking forward to doing the job on Saturday night. I am extremely confident."— Sean Ingle (@seaningle) May 29, 2014
Groves started strongly during the first fight, but he began to fade as the crucial stoppage arrived. Froch doesn't think his rival has what it takes to last 12 rounds, per The Sun:
Froch: "I'm in unbelievable shape, but George Groves won't hear the final bell. I know what I've got to do."— The Sun - Boxing (@SunBoxing) May 29, 2014
There's no doubt Groves believes he can overcome a vastly more experienced foe. His knockdown of Froch in the first fight provides legitimate hope to hang onto, plus a lingering smidgen of doubt for the 36-year-old.
Groves suggests the situation couldn't be any better, per Ingle:
George Groves: We have worked towards perfection in camp, this couldn't be more perfect. I am going to become world champion in London— Sean Ingle (@seaningle) May 29, 2014
The confident challenger even believes he will complete a famous victory in style, claiming he will hush any doubters throughout the fight, reported by The Sun:
Groves: "I'm going to out on Saturday night, perform and become world champion. And I'm going to look very good doing it."— The Sun - Boxing (@SunBoxing) May 29, 2014
Groves: "It's up to Carl to hang in there. I'm in fantastic shape and I'll be straight into my groove. It's going to be one-sided."— The Sun - Boxing (@SunBoxing) May 29, 2014
Groves: "There will always be questions about me, but you'll see as complete a performance as possible. People will sit up and take note."— The Sun - Boxing (@SunBoxing) May 29, 2014
Both fighters appeared to be more concerned with their own game rather than belittling their opponent. Although Groves' left hook remark could leave tactical doubt in Froch's mind, there was a noticeable lack of chest-puffing throughout the conference.
The atmosphere was noticeably calm ahead of an 80,000-strong crowd descending upon Wembley. Gareth A. Davies of The Telegraph posted a photo that certainly sums up the general mood from each brawler:
Here they are again pic.twitter.com/5IQLJyCs6m— Gareth A Davies (@GarethADaviesDT) May 29, 2014
Eddie Hearn, promoter for the fight, flirted with hyperbole when describing the enormity of the event, per The Sun:
Eddie Hearn: "When we started this journey, we called it the biggest fight in British boxing history. It's got even bigger than that."— The Sun - Boxing (@SunBoxing) May 29, 2014
Both Froch and Groves appear extremely confident heading into a grudge match that will have a huge impact on their reputations. A loss may prove to be the most memorable moment of Froch's career for many, especially as it would arrive so late in his journey. Groves' worldwide potential will be severely doubted if he suffers a second defeat, but the 26-year-old has more than enough time to bounce back.
Ironically, the moniker of "unfinished business" will struggle to ring true if Groves levels their head-to-head record at 1-1. A line will certainly be drawn under the clash if Froch proves too strong, allowing both battlers to move on.