Froch puts world crowns on line against Groves

BOXING

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CARL FROCH and Ge­orge Groves will go head to head in a huge world ti­tle clash this win­ter.

The mouth­wa­ter­ing al­lBri­tish show­down will take place in late Novem­ber or early De­cem­ber when Froch will de­fend his IBF and WBA world su­per mid­dleweight ti­tles.

The Co­bra said: “I’m ex­cited the first de­fence of both my belts is a big do­mes­tic clash.

“I’m a proper fighter and a proper cham­pion and I’ll al­ways face my manda­tory chal­lenger rather than va­cate the ti­tle. I’ve known Ge­orge for a while. I’ve sparred with him and watched him grow and now he’s my manda­tory.

“I’ll be pour­ing ev­ery­thing into my prepa­ra­tion for the fight. Ge­orge will face the very best of me.

“It’s bet­ter this way than a low-key over­seas op­po­nent as this fight will re­light mem­o­ries of some of the great all-Bri­tish clashes.

“With world ti­tles on the line it’s a re­ally huge oc­ca­sion and one that will grab the at­ten­tion of Bri­tish sports fans.” But Groves reck­ons he’ll be ready for any­thing his big ri­val can throw at him.

“This is the big­gest fight of my ca­reer. Be­ing a world cham­pion is some­thing I dreamed of as a kid,” he said.

“I’m well ranked across all the gov­ern­ing bod­ies, but fight­ing Carl is the one that I wanted the most.

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“He’s a big name in the UK and a well-re­spected cham­pion around the world.

“I have a great team around me that can put to­gether the right game plan to beat him so I can be­come a world cham­pion and a ma­jor force in the su­per-mid­dleweight di­vi­sion.”

Pro­moter Ed­die Hearn has been work­ing hard to get the pair signed up to the mas­sive show­down.

“I’m de­lighted to have got this fight made,” he said.

“It’s a great fight for Bri­tish boxing with a real throw­back feel to the big do­mes­tic fights in the 90s.

“When Ge­orge be­came the manda­tory chal­lenger, I knew there was no way Carl would re­lin­quish the belt and no way that Ge­orge would look any­where else.

“This fight will grow and grow and fans can ex­pect an ex­cit­ing night and a packed un­der­card.”

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