Froch to fight Groves

Nottingham super middleweight champion Carl Froch will defend his IBF and WBA World titles against fellow Brit George Groves, it has been announced.

Groves: Froch is a 'well-respected world champion'

This is the biggest fight of my career and being a World champion is something that I dreamed of as a kid.

I'm well ranked across all the governing bodies but fighting Carl is the one that I wanted the most. He is a big name in the UK and a well-respected champion around the world, and I have a great team around me that can put together the right game plan to beat him and become a World champion and a major force in the super middleweight division.

– George Groves speaking on Sky Sports News

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Carl Froch speaks of excitement at facing George Groves

Carl Froch will defend both his IBF and WBA super-middleweight belts against George Groves in November
Carl Froch will defend both his IBF and WBA super-middleweight belts against George Groves in November Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Nottingham's Carl Froch has spoken of his excitement at defending both world super-middleweight belts for the first time against George Groves.

Speaking on Sky Sports News Froch said:

"To defend my titles in England and against a British fighter in George Groves, it's exciting not just for me but for the fans as well.

I've boxed for world titles in my last 10 fights, but it's always been against international fighters. So to fight finally against someone else who's English, it's a real treat for fans.

It's a domestic [world title] fight and it rarely happens in boxing."

Midland boxing champ Carl Froch to defend his titles

Midland super middleweight champion Carl Froch will defend his IBF and WBA World titles against fellow Brit George Groves, it has been announced.

The clash will take place in late November or early December.

Froch triumphed against Mikkel Kessler at the O2 Arena in May, adding the WBA stamp to his IBF belt, while the unbeaten Groves claimed the WBA Inter-Continental title after taking on Noe Gonzalez Alcoba.

He said he was looking forward to defending both titles against one of his own countrymen.

I’m excited the first defence of both my belts is a big domestic clash.

I’ve known George for a while, I’ve sparred with him and watched him grow and now he’s my mandatory – I will be pouring everything into my preparation for the fight and George will face the very best of me.

It is better this way than a low-key overseas opponent as this fight will relight memories of some of the great all-British clashes and with World titles on the line it’s a really huge occasion and one that will grab the attention of British sports fans.

– Carl Froch, super middleweight champion, from Nottingham