George Groves gets his shot at redemption against current WBA and IBF super middleweight champion Carl "The Cobra" Froch on Saturday night inside Wembley Stadium.
Groves (19-1, 15 KO) gave the title holder all he could handle and then some back in November 2013 after knocking Froch down in the opening round, but the veteran responded and was able to force a ninth-round technical knockout. However, controversy surrounding the referee prematurely stopping the fight has sparked even more storylines heading into the second affair.
The loss to Froch (32-2, 23 KO) was the first of Groves' career, and the young challenger will be hungry to take the title for himself after getting awfully close during stretches of last year's fight.
Let's take a look at everything you need to know about Froch vs. Groves II.
Froch vs. Groves 2: Viewing Info
Where: Wembley Stadium; London, England
When: Saturday, May 31 at 4 p.m. EDT (9 p.m. BST)
Watch: HBO (U.S.) and Sky Sports Box Office (U.K.)
The first time these two met, the fight was so good that neither camp could wait to put on the rematch.
It was the 36-year-old Froch, the title holder who hasn't lost since 2011, against up-and-comer Groves—undefeated as of that point. The youngster jumped on The Cobra in Round 1 by knocking him down, but the champ didn't stay down long, bouncing back en route to a ninth-round TKO.
After the first loss of his career, Groves was set on getting a rematch booked and it's now happening.
It’ll be the left hook that finishes Carl Froch on Saturday night. Anyone who has watched the media workouts will know we’ve been working on left hooks and the left hook will work. I’m going to go out and perform on Saturday night and become world champion and do it on the big stage looking very good doing it.
In response to Groves' pre-fight jawing, Froch wasn't showing much concern.
"I’m convinced this fight won’t go the distance and that George Groves won’t hear the final bell," Froch said, per The Guardian. "Because I know what I have to do and how I’m going to do it."
Simply considering the late-2013 fight that these two participated in, there was already no doubting the rematch would be full of anticipation. The chatter has only manifested more excitement heading into Saturday.
Anyone who watched Froch-Groves I knows just how great of a fight it was. Froch, the dominant world champion, was hurt throughout the early rounds as he was never the same after a first-round hook left Froch woozy. Groves was getting closer and closer to doing something the likes of Glen Johnson and Jean Pascal couldn't get near—beating the champ.
But in a championship effort, Froch battled back, landing solid punches on Groves and eventually wearing him down. He was slower but more powerful and tactical, and that allowed him to pull it out in Round 9 as the referee called it in a controversial decision.
Froch has to be worried heading into a rematch. November 2013 was the first time in a while that Froch had been bullied around the ring like that, and it took everything in him—and some good fortune from the ref—to save his title belt.
With six months to digest the fight that nearly left Froch nursing a crushing defeat and the loss of both his title belts, the 36-year-old has certainly been working on adjustments to counter Groves' style.
Of course, Groves has had just as long to replay the fight in his mind and point out moments where he was over-aggressive and left himself susceptible to the referee's discretion. With the experience of his first career loss, he'll be looking to not even put himself in the position again where it's up to the ref whether to call it.
At the very least, it should go the distance with both boxers fighting for a crucial win at this stage of their respective careers.
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