Froch insists ref was right to stop fight

World super-middleweight champion Carl Froch insisted referee Howard Foster was right to stop the title fight against George Groves when he did.

Many felt Foster ended the contest far too quickly when Groves was coming under pressure from the notoriously rugged Froch in round nine.

Hammersmith’s previously unbeaten challenger floored the favourite in the opening round and dominated much of the fight.

But Froch said: “When he started to get hit he started to fall apart.

“I started to break him down in the seventh and eighth rounds and then in the ninth round.

“He’s tough but he’s obviously not that tough, because he got stopped. He was taking shots and was badly hurt.

“I was lining up for more shots. At 25, do you want to see a kid knocked unconscious and carried out on a stretcher?”

The Groves camp want a rematch and promoter Eddie Hearn has suggested that the pair could meet again.

Froch added: “From the crowd, things can look a bit different.

“The referee was six inches away from the fighters. He looks into the fighter’s eyes and he made a very experienced, very educated decision.”



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