Confident Groves squares up to Froch

George Groves has insisted he will upset the odds and become world champion by dethroning Carl Froch when they clash in Manchester on 23 November.

Tickets for the super-middleweight showdown at the 20,000-capacity Phones4U Arena sold out within 11 minutes of going on sale.

Hammersmith’s unbeaten Commonwealth champion, 25, will be the underdog against the vastly experienced Froch – 11 years his senior.

But Groves was in typically confident mood when the pair went face-to-face at a press conference on Tuesday.

“It’s going to be a very exciting fight and I’m not surprised it has sold out,” said Groves.

“This is going to be one of the biggest fights we’re going to see in the next few years.

“This is my time, 100%. I can’t wait to get in there and show everyone that although I’m probably the underdog this is a fight I’m more than ready for and I’m going to be world champion.”

Champion Froch has accused the challenger of showing a lack of respect and was also angry that Groves helped Denmark’s Mikkel Kessler prepare for his fight with the Nottingham man this year.

Froch, who avenged a defeat against Kessler by winning that rematch, holds the WBA and IBF belts and believes he will retain them in emphatic style.

“I’m in a totally different league to George Groves,” he claimed.

“He’s not mixed at this level in his whole career. I need to do the business against this young pretender and do it in style.

“I can’t see this fight going the distance. At some stage George Groves is going to have to stand in front of me and fight for survival.”



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