Carl Froch vs. George Groves Weigh-In: Results and Reaction from Pre-Fight Event

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Carl Froch vs. George Groves Weigh-In: Results and Reaction from Pre-Fight Event
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Carl Froch and George Groves both made weight on Friday at Wembley Stadium in London, giving the all-clear for the WBA and IBF super-middleweight title rematch people have been looking forward to for months.

As shared by ESPN's Dan Rafael, both fighters came in under the set weight of 168, with the champion clocking in at 167 pounds and Groves (and his massive headphones) weighing in at 166:

Sky Sports' Andy Burton tweeted out this photo prior to the weigh-in, as some 4,000 fans showed up to the pre-fight event:

All were hoping for some kind of incident between the two rivals, and while Froch kept talking to Groves throughout the entire event, Groves hardly broke his stare:

These two titans met back in November in a controversial fight which saw Groves open up early on the champion, knocking him down in the very first round.

Froch started to restore the balance in the middle rounds after being dominated early before taking the upper hand late, but he still appeared to be behind on the scorecards.

Referee Howard Foster than controversially decided to stop the fight in the ninth round, in favour of the defending champion. A rematch seemed all but a guarantee at that point.

Boxing News tweeted this photo of the weigh-in, as both fighters were in absolute top shape:

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Neither fighter has made any attempt to hide the bad blood between them, and Froch told the AFP (via GMA Network) he wasn't planning on listening to Groves' "rubbish":

I've learned not to listen to his rubbish, not get involved with the mind games that he plays and not let him get under my skin.

The mind games that he plays got to me last time. I am a human being. I have worked behind bars for years with drunk people threatening me and I kept my cool, took a deep breath and stayed calm.

But eventually it gets to you, I'll admit that, and it affected my performance in such a negative way but it will not happen again.

There is nothing Groves can say that will wind me up. The way he behaves and they way he is reminds me of how my four-year-old son Rocco behaves.

Dan Rafael, meanwhile, really liked how the challenger handled Froch during the weigh-in:

He also felt compelled to remind everyone that while Saturday's fight could be a contender for Fight of the Year, that doesn't mean the winner becomes the undisputed king at 168:

Andre Ward easily handled Froch for the WBC title back in 2012, a title the WBC eventually stripped him from for inactivity rather than a loss.

Groves dominated Froch early in their first bout and got to witness firsthand how the champion has a tendency to grow into fights, so expect the challenger to do much of the same that put him ahead on the cards in November.

The question becomes whether or not Froch underestimated the challenger too much going into that first fight. Groves isn't a slugger, and the amount of damage he laid on Froch early makes you wonder whether or not The Cobra took that fight seriously.

The stoppage last time around was controversial because it came so early, but every fight fan could see Groves was in trouble and dangerously close to getting knocked to the canvas.

Froch still seems to have the upper hand going into this fight, but it is very, very close. Whatever happens, the 80,000 fans that will fill Wembley Stadium on Saturday will finally get to witness the most anticipated British fight of the past five years.

 

 

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