After being floored in the first, and the referee calling it in the ninth - see how Froch fought for his title in pictures.
Carl Froch held an open training session in Nottingham today as the countdown begins to his world title defence on Saturday.
Boxer Carl Froch from Nottingham will face fellow Englishman, George Groves on November 23 in Manchester.
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.
– Carl Froch, super middleweight champion, from Nottingham
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.
– IBF championship chairman Lindsey Tucker speaking to The Sun
Groves has been made our mandatory challenger for Froch.
We have sent letters to both fighters, dated June 10, and asked them to start negotiations for a mandatory defence.
The boxers will have until July 12 to come to an agreement. If they can’t, we will then call for a purse bid.
The successful bidder would be notified by July 24 and we would expect the fight to take place 90 days later, which would take us to the middle of October.
Nottingham's world super-middleweight champion Carl Froch has been ordered to defend his IBF title against George Groves or risk losing it according to reports.
According to The Sun, Froch must take on Groves before the end of October.
Froch, 35, added Mikkel Kessler’s WBA belt to his IBF title with a points win at London’s O2 Arena.
During the build-up, Froch expressed his anger at fellow-Englishman Groves training with Kessler ahead of the fight.
Carl Froch spoke to Steve Clamp about what future plans he has made since retaining his IBF World Super Middleweight Title.
A civic reception is to be held this evening in honour of Nottingham boxer Carl Froch, who was crowned super-middleweight world champion last month.
Fans can gather in the Old Market Square to get a chance to see the 35-year-old champion 'The Cobra', who is expected to arrive from around 6.25pm.
He will appear on the Council House balcony with his boxing belts to address the crowd at around 7.15pm.
At around 7.45pm it is hoped he will meet some of his fans and sign autographs.
Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn says he wants Carl Froch to face Mikkel Kessler or Andre Ward in the winter before an all-British summer clash with George Groves.
Froch exacted revenge on Kessler at the O2 Arena on May 25, adding the WBA belt to his IBF strap in a thrilling contest.
Now Hearn’s attentions are on The Cobra’s next moves and the promoter has two massive dates in mind.
Eddie Hearn said: "Commercially, Froch v Kessler III is just a huge fight. The first two were stunning nights and everyone knows what they would get from the decider."
He added: “Each one has been brutal so we will give Mikkel and his body time to see if he wants to go again."
As well as targeting a huge winter night for Froch, Hearn is planning a summer extravaganza for the Nottingham star – and says an all-British unification bout with ‘Saint’ George Groves would be something special.
Carl Froch tells ITV Central how thrilled he is about his victory in London over Mikkel Kessler, which enabled him to retain the IBF world title.
Sitting in the crowd at the O2 Arena in London watching the Froch-Kessler fight was Shane Richie. He spoke to ITV Central News afterwards.
Nottingham's IBF Champion Carl Froch said he's not looking to retire anytime soon, especially if his coach has anything to do with the matter...