Promoter predicts Froch-Groves rematch

Eddie Hearn says he will look to arrange a rematch after George Groves’ world title challenge against Carl Froch ended in a controversial defeat for the Hammersmith man.

Groves floored the super-middleweight champion in the first round and continued to dominate the fight, troubling Froch with a number of powerful shots.

But as the previously unbeaten challenger came under pressure in round nine, referee Howard Foster ended the contest with what many believe was an incorrect stoppage.

Boxing - WBA and IBF Super Middleweight Title - Carl Froch v George Groves - Phones 4u Arena
Groves was ahead on points when the end came.

And Hearn, the promoter for both fighters, said: “I think it [a rematch] will be the next fight.

“With Carl Froch, he’s 36 years old, what’s he going to do, have a voluntary defence [against a lesser opponent]?

“At this stage of Carl’s career he’s going to want the biggest fights available to him and the George Groves rematch is the biggest fight available.”

Groves, booed into the ring after his outspoken pre-fight comments, was cheered at the end as the 20,000 crowd in Manchester made their feelings clear.

And Hearn declared: “I’m sure it did huge numbers at the box office. The crowd loved the fight and I’m sure it will happen again.

“I said to George in the changing room that I know he’ll get another chance. I know that doesn’t make him feel any better.”



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