Boxing: Groves ready to take Second Chance

George Groves has insisted his British super-middleweight rival, Carl Froch, has made a "terrible mistake" by agreeing to fight him again on 31 May after the controversial first fight in November. 

While Froch retained his WBA and IBF titles with a ninth-round stoppage of Groves in November, the Nottingham fighter had been behind on all three scorecards before referee Howard Foster stepped in to end the fight with Groves coming under some pressure in the ninth round. 

Groves was outraged by the referee’s decision following the fight, instantly demanding an immediate rematch with Froch, even appealing to the British Boxing Board, the WBA and the IBF – who eventually ordered the rematch to take place. Fans who bet on boxing know it will be the biggest rematchin British boxing since Nigel Benn and Chris Eubank met for the second time in 1993. 

While Froch had been interested in a rematch with Andre Ward or a big-money fight against Mexican Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Las Vegas, the 36-year old has eventually agreed to meet his younger rival for a second time – something Groves feels is the last thing the veteran should be doing after the first clash.

"A rematch is the last thing he should want to do. There’s nothing for him to cling onto to take to the next fight,” said Groves, who will be able to take plenty of positives from the first fight. 

"He's made a terrible mistake taking a rematch with me. There's no positives to take from the last fight if he breaks it down technically. All he can do is train harder and run the risk of overtraining." 

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