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FROCH-GROVES II - LIVE FROM WEMBLEY
This live event has finished
- Carl Froch versus George Groves - (ring walk expected around 9.45pm)
- Groves trained by Swindon's Paddy Fitzpatrick
- Stoppage wins for Anthony Joshua, Jamie McDonnell, Kevin Mitchell and James De Gale
- Send us your tweets using the twitter hashtag #frochgrovesadver
Peace guys. We appreciate all your support. George is safe and well. No excuses, Carl deserves full respect, he did what a champion does.— @paddyboxing 31 May 2014
That's the final word from us tonight on a great night of British boxing, sadly it wasn't to be for George Groves and Paddy Fitzpatrick but he's promised to come back. Get the full reaction to the big fight in Monday's Adver.
Not a bad spot to watch the boxing. http://t.co/bRSFyKPHeK— @Aldy_47 31 May 2014
Tonight the boxing fans are the big winners. #FrochGroves2— @LennoxLewis 31 May 2014
It's all packing down at Wembley now and it's starting to look like a football stadium again. We're waiting to hear from George Groves' trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick on what was, regardless of anyone's feelngs towards the result, a fantastic night of British boxing.
@StGeorgeGroves unlucky mate, bounce back and wait a few years for the belts, it'll come #FrochGroves2 #SaintGeorgeGroves— @Vinnieee14 31 May 2014
Honestly Thought The First Bout Was Better But That KO Was Quality #FrochGroves2— @Don_Walzz 31 May 2014
Froch deserved that but Paddy and George pushed him hard #FrochGrovesAdver http://t.co/TAxXFAnDFj— @gazzaloz 31 May 2014
Groves: "I'm young enough, I will come again, I will improve, I made a mistake, I made a silly mistake, I left my chin open to that right hand and we want to be perfect so all the imperfections need to be corrected and we'll come back stronger, we'll look forward to it."
Froch: "It's a 12 round sport, when I got in with him last time I was rushing and trying to get that shot in round one and ended up walking into one and it made for a spectacle."
Froch: "George Groves is quicker than me, he's very fast, but I've got a bit more reach and a bit more height and if you can time shots correctly, timing beats speed."
Groves: "It's boxing and the fights are hyped, I honestly feel no way about any of my opponents, I don't like 'em or dsilike 'em, it's the easiest way for me to go about my business. I'd love to come again, I think I was ahead on the scorecards, I thought that and I'll be pushing hard to get my world title shot, maybe if Carl's still boxing that might be against Carl again."
Groves: "I felt I was doing very well in the fight, I felt I was in my groove, boxing well, but that's Boxing. I've got to hold my hands up, Carl caught me with a shot. I'll come back, I'll come back quicker and stronger. Ultimately I felt I let myself down."
Groves: "I'm fine, it's boxing you know, fair play to Carl, he caught me and I went down."
Froch: "Sometimes one punch is all you need, unfortunately for George tonight he was on the end of a very big right hand."
Froch: "George Groves should also be very, very proud, can I just say. Let's just jump back on, I've been in the ring with the best fighters in the world time and time again. Let's be honest it was neck and neck in there between me and George."
Froch hails his trainer Rob McCracken.
Promoter Eddie Hearn: "What a champion he is. Time and time again for years and years all over the world has delivered."
Froch: "I would love to fight in Las Vegas" maybe Froch-Ward II could be next.
Groves: "I will come again, it's back to the drawing board for me"
Froch: "Tactical style was to wait and try and catch him with that shot"
Froch saying timing is everything. Admits he was boxing at further range than last time.
Groves: "I'm going to push hard to get another world title shot"
Groves congratulates Froch although I don't think they will be having Sunday dinner together tomorrow.
Groves: "That's boxing, I'll come back"
Froch said there was "nothing in it" called it a "tactical battle"
Groves says he's "fine"
Ready for the boxers's reaction ..
"Feeling elated" says Froch. "This is by far the biggest and best performance."
Little conversation between James De Gale and Carl Froch there... that fight should be next but I see Froch winning that quite easily. That said, is this Froch's swansong? If so, could it be Groves-De Gale II?
We'll be getting reaction from Paddy Fitzpatrick and George Groves as soon as we can. It will be very interesting to see how they assess that peformance. Huge celebrations from Froch at the moment, this clearly means the everything to him.
It's a cracking punch from Froch. Caught Groves out totally. As Paddy would say you just have to tip you hat to Froch. He really is a warrior.
Where now for Groves. I don't think he got a lot wrong tonight. He just walked on to a massive right hand. Looking at the replay he was totally out on his back. Good stoppage from the referee. No controversy this time.
Groves is off his stool now? Froch clearly asks him if he is all right. That's a nice touch.
Such a shame for Groves because I thought he boxed so well, so composed and outboxed Froch again. Froch just keeps delivering though, that's surely his legacy secure now. Can't see a Froch-Groves III.
Groves is up off his stool thankfully. There looked to be concern in the corner for a second there.
The cobra struck! #FrochGroves2— @mfranklin82 31 May 2014
That looked another quick stoppage to me but Groves was out on his back.
It's over. Froch puts Groves down and the referee stops it within seconds.
This crowd really isn't happy, cries of "we want our money back". At least the undercard was good though, oh wait most of the crowd were in the bar for those fights!!!
Groves boxing and moving well. When Froch comes in he simply slips away. It's a professional job from Groves so far.
I have Groves four rounds up now. Froch has to do something soon in my eyes because I think he's losing if the fight goes the distance as it stands.
RT @wembleystadium: Round 4 - Groves again the aggresor landing some excellent punches early on. Big right cross late on #FrochGroves2 #Wem…— @HGebrai 31 May 2014
Froch has Groves on the ropes before the referee breaks them up
Froch keeps threatening to come back but Groves grabs on quickly all the time. Clever boxing from Groves.
I think Froch has to come out firing soon but before that he's caught with a big left hook.
Froch more aggressive in this round but little to separate them again. Groves is cut around his left eye. No damage to Froch as far as I could see just a bit marked up.
Froch still trying to get that jab out there but missing by a mile. Both tangle on the ropes again as they threaten, well kind of, to engage.
The boos ring out at Wembley again.
Groves definitely sticking to a game plan here. Froch is just keeping his distance.
Groves catches Froch with a right hand but the champion hits back and gets his rival on the ropes.
That round was pretty even I'd say so Groves still two or three up on the scorecard. This fight needs to liven up. Round six starts.
That's what we want heating up nicely #FrochGroves2— @1972pic 31 May 2014
This is livening up. Groves looks ready to step up the pace and Froch looks ready to go to war.
Groves connects with another right hand. That punch is definitely his deadly weapon. Froch comes back, he's getting in closer now.
Froch has Groves on the ropes momentarily before the challenger ducks out. It thretened to liven up then.
Fitzpatrick is sporting a lovely orange bandana in perference to his usual hat.
Groves' best round yet - great accuracy especially with the right hand. I have him up 4-0. #FrochGroves2— @Mike_Carter001 31 May 2014
I'd call that another round to Groves. Think he's two or three rounds up here.
Froch comes back but misses with a left and a right.
Groves lands with another right hand. And another. This is good stuff from Groves.
Groves is the more aggressive boxer but he's boxing with composure.
Groves catches Froch with a left then a right hand. Froch shakes it off though.
The replay of that right hand from Groves caught Froch flush on the face. Definitely Groves' round having seen that.
Good right hand lands from Groves on the counter. He looks so much quicker than Froch. Third round ends, I give that to Groves... just!
Neither fighter having much success in this round. It's a disappointing start to this fight for the huge crowd packed into Wembley.
The pair engage just after boos ring from the crowd.
Third round begins with Froch throwing his jab out there but he way out of range of Groves.
I think everyone is just anticipating the inevitable war. This is a very different start to their first fight. Second round ends and honours probably even in that one although Groves is dominating the jab exchanges.
Come On Froch do the business #frochgrovesadver— @Dazzared36 31 May 2014
Crowd is quite subdued but livened up by Groves landing a right hand. Looked a glancing shot though.
Froch looked to land a punch to the back of the head as the pair get in close. Groves slips to the ground but no count.
Both men started with some nervous tension - Groves landing the better of the jabs #FrochGroves2— @TOPCLASSBOXING 31 May 2014
Second round starts with both boxers still at range. Groves targets the body before getting right behind that left jab again.
Hard to call that first round, Groves maybe just edged it.
Froch has a bit of success towards the end of the round but it's a cagey opening.
Just like the first fight Groves look quicker but Froch is keeping his distance.
Groves not missing with his left jab. The pair engage but nothing lands.
Cagey opening few seconds from both boxers. Groves winning the few jabs thrown though.
Both boxers have been announced into the ring. Notable that Froch refused to look at Groves during the announcements. For the record in our poll, 67 per cent of you side with Groves.
The whole press box stopped for those ring entrances, camera phones out at the ready. We're seconds away now.
#Groves !! What a ring walk— @SquidgySid 31 May 2014
That's one of the longest ring entrances I've ever seen but George Groves is finally in the ring. Hard to describe this atmosphere, just unbelievable.
The best walk to the ring wins it for me! #FrochGroves2 #entertainment— @KP24 31 May 2014
Groves keeping everyone waiting there causing promoter Eddie Hearn to get a tad angry. Have Team Groves just unsettled the Froch camp?
Hopefully this guy will be the winning trainer tonight! Paddy Fitzpatrick. #frochgroves2 http://t.co/pJ7YyzwfZY— @sameer7 31 May 2014
Yeaaaahhhhh!!!! Let's go... London!!!!!!! #frochgroves2 http://t.co/wEKqlXlmw6— @JasonRoberts30 31 May 2014
The legendary anounncer Michael Buffer will be introducing both boxers into the ring so..... LET'S GET READY TO RUMBLE!!!
What an occasion for Swindon's Paddy Fitzpatrick to be involved in. Let's hope Groves does the business for him. Not long now until Groves and Fitzpatrick enter the ring.
Wembley is almost full up. The atmosphere is electric. This is truly going to be one of the most memorable sporting events everyone in this place has ever been to.
#FrochGroves2 who you going for people??! Groves on points I'm going....only if he boxes clever & doesn't get all emotional!!— @rioferdy5 31 May 2014
Frank Bruno thinks George Groves is fighting Carl Fogarty. Bless. #FrochGroves2— @Riles65 31 May 2014
Froch may never have been stopped but I think tonight is the night we see it. I'm sticking with a Groves stoppage. I wouldn't be surprised if the opening round is cagey but it's inevitable that these two are going to engage sooner rather then later. Groves has to be a bit more composed than last time and pick Froch off at length but doing that may be easier said than done. This could be a real war.
All the waiting is over, it's time for the main event. Froch or Groves? We're about to find out.
Not long now.. #FrochGroves2— @Matthew_Carman 31 May 2014
Cuz, he's jaw got SPUN!!!!! In a different kind of way. #FrochGroves2— @LeonKnight_5 31 May 2014
All this mean talk, I gotta go for george groves surely... #FrochGroves2— @blairturgott 31 May 2014
James De Gale makes that "statement" he said he had to do, stopping Brandon Gonzales in the fourth round. That surely sets up another juicy British super fight against either Froch or Groves.
@SkySportsBoxing de gale looking the part don't think he's on the same level as froch or groves— @mattbeattie1873 31 May 2014
Carl Froch's record reads...
Won: 32 (23 KO's)
George Groves' record reads...
Won: 19 (15 KO's)
Chest (normal): 43.5"
Chest (expanded): 45"
Weight: 13st 9lb 11oz
Not long now until Froch and Groves enter the ring so here's some vital statistics...
Chest (normal) 43"
Chest (expanded): 44.5"
Weight: 11st 12lb 4oz.
Another of Groves' bitter rivals is up next, James De Gale. He takes on Brandon Gonzales in an eliminator fight where the victor will take on the winner of the Froch-Groves bout.
Mitchell does the job. Now on to de gale then the main event #FrochGroves2— @maalikmartin 31 May 2014
Froch is rumoured to be picking up around £4m for tonight's fight while Groves will pick up around £1m. That's a couple of quid more than I'm getting paid tonight.
Huge cheer as Kevin Mitchell climbs off the canvas to stop Ghislain Maduma in round 11.
Small ring favors Carl Froch I'm afraid... This could be difficult for Groves! Going to be a War! #FrochGroves2— @UrmstonLordMUFC 31 May 2014
Froch got the decision last time around but he took a lot of punishment from Groves in that fight, including a first round knockdown. Groves' trainer Fitzpatrick has questioned Froch's physical condition ahead of tonight's bout, here's the full interview.
Swindon's IBO Intercontinental Champion Kelvin Young reckons his sparring partner Carl Froch is in better shape for tonight's British Superfight, Young fights himself next Saturday:
RT @EmmaMarieWebb1: Now that I've established with mum that Britain doesn't have all that much talent after all, I can watch the undercard …— @Dodge11971197 31 May 2014
Mixed reception as George Groves is shown on the big screens arriving at the stadium, more cheers than boos though. Stadium is filling up nicely now.
No place we'd rather be! Complete with Paddy Fitzpatrick hat...we're waiting 4 ya! ;-) Ha! Come on Georgy Baby!! http://t.co/RXLRMSffbZ— @In_It_2gether 31 May 2014
Come on Groves #notlongnow #FrochGroves2— @clintTHFC 31 May 2014
The exciting Kevin Mitchell is next up. He takes on Ghislain Maduma in an eliminator fight for the IBF world lightweight title. This should be a cracker. Maduma has a perfect 16 fight record but has never fought out of his native Canada until tonight. Mitchell meanwhile has won his last four fights since losing to Ricky Burns in a WBO title contest.
If you're thinking of having a bet on tonight's big fight then here's the odds. Froch is 4/6 to win while Groves is 13/10. If you fancy the draw then that's great value at 22/1.
We're all here tonight because of the controversial finish to the last fight when Howard Foster pulled Groves out in round nine. Tonight's referee is Brooklyn's Charlie Fitch and Fitzpatrick has urged him to keep an eye out for Froch's fouling. See our exclusive interview with the Swindon trainer by clicking on the link below.
It seems I'm the only person in the country that isn't the slightest bit bothered about #FrochGroves2 tonight— @engballs 31 May 2014
Jamie McDonnell stops Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat in round 10 to win the vacant WBA world bantamweight title.
It's long fighting these Thailand guys, them man meditate, ITS LONG. #FrochGroves2— @LeonKnight_5 31 May 2014
To describe tonight's fight as a grudge match is an understatement but both boxers have been pretty composed in the last few days. Both predict a knockout but Paddy Fitzpatrick claims Carl Froch is struggling to hold it all together mentally. Here's the full interview with the Swindon trainer: http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/sport/boxing/11241867.FROCH_GROVES_II__Fitzpatrick_claims_champion_is_struggling_to_hold_it_together/
Both trainer and boxer looked very calm and composed behind the scenes at Tuesday's public workout and they are convinced tonight will be Groves' night.
View from the press box at Wembley. It's starting to fill up. #frochgrovesadver http://t.co/Unvt43brA0— @Buttsy9 31 May 2014
Swindon's Paddy Fitzpatrick is in George Groves' corner again tonight and when I asked him how training camp had gone this time around he simply said "Perfect".
Adam Booth got a lot of credit for the DeGale win. Paddy Fitzpatrick should get that credit tenfold if Groves comes out on top tonight— @che1717 31 May 2014
Next up is Jamie McDonnell against Thailand's Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat, fighting for the vacant WBA world bantamweight title. Meanwhile the big screens have just shown Froch arriving at the stadium, cue a ring of boos!
Froch and Groves ring walk around 9.45pm and it's a fight that's splitting opinion with many sitting on the fence. It really is a tough fight to call but I'm going with Groves. He's the better boxer and I just think he has Froch's number. Tweet us who you think will win and why using the hashtag #frochgrovesadver
A huge upper cut finished the job for Joshua there, another easy night's work for Watford boxer.
It's all over inside the first round. Joshua showing his class once again. Surely ready for a step up in class soon.
Welcome to tonight's live feed from Wembley Stadium for Carl Froch's IBF and WBA title defence against George Groves. The stadium is barely full and the atmosphere is already electric. Get involved by sending us your tweets using the hashtag #frochgrovesadver
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