ED HEARNS FROCH A BIG BRIT BAT­TLE

BOXING

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ED­DIE HEARN hopes to set up a “Bat­tle of Bri­tain” be­tween IBF and WBA su­per-mid­dleweight cham­pion Carl Froch and Ge­orge Groves later this year. The IBF have told Froch

he must face his Lon­don ri­val or risk be­ing stripped of that belt.

Froch, who had his 36th birth­day yes­ter­day, has pen­cilled in De­cem­ber 7 as his next fight af­ter his win over Mikkel Kessler.

“We are in talks re­gard­ing a po­ten­tial block­buster do­mes­tic fight later this year,” said pro­moter Hearn.

“Both fight­ers have plenty of op­tions and al­though it’s a fight we orig­i­nally lined up for next sum­mer, it makes sense for both fight­ers.”

Groves, 25, was once close to Froch, but they fell out in May. Froch hit out af­ter Groves flew to Den­mark to spend time in Kessler’s train­ing camp.

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