If a referee doesn't interfere again, George Groves will get his revenge in fight No. 2 against Carl Froch.
On Friday, Groves weighed in at 166 pounds, four ounces, and Froch 167 pounds, nine ounces according to The Telegraph. The numbers that will matter most on Saturday, though, are 26 and 36—Groves' and Froch's ages respectively.
They mattered in the first bout. Before referee Howard Foster stopped the fight in Round 9, awarding Froch the win by TKO, all three judges scored Groves ahead of Froch according to Sky Sports.
Groves, the recipient of punches that halted the fight, thought the stoppage was absurd. Froch didn't. But fans in attendance at Manchester Arena agreed with Groves.
"The referee is a w-----r," the crowd chanted according to The Daily Mail.
Odds Shark opening odds peg Froch a 1-2 favorite to defeat Groves again. Gold medal-winning boxers Lennox Lewis and Hughie Fury offered their two cents on Twitter.
If my guy Carl Froch doesn't knockout George Groves on Saturday night as I have predicted then I'll return my psychic license. #FrochGroves2— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) May 30, 2014
I think @StGeorgeGroves is gonna win by KO and good look mate— Hughie Fury (@hughiefury) May 30, 2014
How will Froch vs. Groves 2 end?
Despite oddsmakers favoring Froch, and Lewis' and Fury's split decision, Groves will be triumphant at Wembley Stadium.
He's a decade younger than Froch. He held a lead through eight rounds last year. And he's undefeated in matches that referees haven't awarded his opponents a premature victory, unlike Froch who's lost twice since 2010.
And while those betting on Groves are making an excuse about his 2013 loss, Froch's excuse as to why the fight got so close is far less justifiable.
Ben Dirs of BBC Sport reported that Froch claimed the only reason why Groves knocked him down in Round 1 and held a lead at all was because he underestimated Groves:
I took George Groves lightly and almost paid severely. I got a little bit comfortable at home with my partner and two kids. I couldn't really be bothered, I wasn't really motivated to do what I needed to do to perform. Maybe I didn't give George Groves enough respect. I listened to too many people, telling me he's not in my league, he's not fought anyone, he's got no chance. I started to believe it, which was unprofessional.
Don't believe that an IBF super-middleweight champion underestimated a 19-0 opponent. Froch was simply overmatched by the younger Groves. And expect it to happen again in Froch vs. Groves 2—without an unnecessary, outcome-altering interruption.
David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report and editor at Wade-O Radio.