Things started out aces for George Groves, as he knocked down the ultra-solid Carl Froch in round one with a right in their clash in England on Saturday, and Groves kept up the momentum, to the point that it was looking like the kid was showing the vet that there was new super middle ruler in the UK. But then Froch got cooking, and there was some trading, and things evened up, in some eyes, to a degree. But the worm turned hard in the ninth, when Froch stunned Groves, and had him buzzed. The ref, Howard Foster, halted the scrap, to the amazement and consternation of the vast majority of watchers. The 36-year-old Froch might have finished the 19-1 25-year-old off, but I dare say Groves deserved a bit more time to sort it out. Froch (33-2) holds on to his WBA and IBF crowns.
SAN DIEGO, CA. (November 23, 2013)—TODAY it will be one of the most anticipated bouts of 2013 when IBF/WBA Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s) defends his titles against undefeated George Groves (19-0, 15 KO’s) in a bout that will be televised LIVE in the United States on AWE and AWEtv.com.
The action begins at 3pm ET / 12 PM noon PT.
The passion from both fighters has been seen and heard as the trash talk has been ramped up over the past few weeks and that has created a heated tension between the fighters.
“Hate is a strong word – I don’t hate him,” said Froch. “I just don’t like him. There’s nothing desirable about him, his attitude, his demeanor, the way he conducts himself, his lack of professionalism.”
Froch weighed in at 167 ¾ lbs while Groves checked in at 166.8 lbs for the battle.
Froch tried to intimidate the upstart challenger by whispering in his ear and the two fighters had to be separated. Groves did not back down and both guys are ready for what could yet another great day of boxing AWE.
In the co-feature, Scott Quigg (121 ¾ lbs) defends the WBA Super Bantamweight title when he takes on Argentinian Diego Silva (121 ½ lbs).
Fans will get to see a full 4 hour card with undercard fights featuring lightweights Anthony Crolla and Stephen Foster Jr.
“This is going to be an outstanding fight,” said AWE President Charles Herring
“These two guys do not like each other and Groves desperately wants to be where Froch is. This will be a passionate fight that some insiders are calling this the fight of the day and a candidate for Fight of the Year. Carl Froch is always in those types of fights and George Groves has youth, hunger and won't take a backwards step and we are excited to bring this to the fans on AWE & AWEtv.com.”
For 2012, AWE earned 2 of the 6 Boxing Writers Association of America nominations for "Fight of the Year" candidates, beating out all other networks except HBO which earned three. AWE also showcased live all 2012 David Price fights. ESPN's Dan Rafael picked Price as its Prospect of the Year for 2012 and in 2013 AWE has featured the stunning upset of Thompson over Price. Bouts with Adonis Stevenson and Tony Bellew, who will be fighting each other for the Light Heavyweight championship; 2008 Olympic Gold Medal winner James DeGale and possibly the most controversial bout which saw Ricky Burns keep his Lightweight title against Ray Beltran. Plus Dierry Jean was featured on AWE as he will be fighting for the Jr. Welterweight title.
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Who will win? Wladimir Klitschko or Tyson Fury?