Groves desperate for Froch rematch

Swindon Advertiser: George Groves with Swindon's Paddy Fitzpatrick George Groves with Swindon's Paddy Fitzpatrick

THE only thing George Groves wants for Christmas is a rematch with IBF and WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch.

Groves, who trains in Swindon with local trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick, believes he has earned another crack at Froch after being controversially stopped in their British super fight last month.

However, Groves told the Swindon Advertiser he has no idea whether Froch will give him the chance he craves.

“My thoughts haven’t changed,” said Groves. “I should be world champion right now. I’ve had those two belts taken away from me unjustly. We’re in the process of sorting that (the rematch) out, so to speak.

“My ideal plan would be to get a rematch. I’ve made that very clear. If Carl Froch is a man then I’m sure he’ll step up and give me the rematch.

“It’s the biggest fight out there for him. Commerically, financially he is no where near going to touch those aspects of his boxing life unless he fights me in a rematch.

“It could end up being one of the biggest British fights of all time. Why would you not want to be part of that and be part of history?”

“I’m going for that, if not we’ll figure out another route.”

Reflecting on his performance against Froch, Groves hailed Swindon trainer Fitzpatrick for devising a gameplan which shocked the majority of the boxing world after he floored Froch in round one.

Groves, who was also leading on the judges’ scorecards before he was prematurely stopped in round nine, added: “It’s really nice. In many ways we could have set ourselves up for failure.

“I had to talk the talk before and we said what we were going to do.

“I was fairly comfortable knowing I could walk the walk and went out and did that. Me and Paddy showed everyone we knew a little bit more than a few others did.”

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