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Car Froch's mum, Carol Weatherbed, has described the weight that has been lifted off her shoulders after her son survived the pressure to knock out George Groves in the biggest post-war fight in British boxing history on Saturday.
Speaking at Wembley Stadium after the fight, she says she is delighted the Froch vs Groves saga is all over and that Carl won:
"I just feel like the whole world has been lifted off my shoulders, I'm so happy, I'm so proud! It's been massive, It's been horrendous - like carl says its been a year of whinging and moaning and trash talking and it's over. I'm glad it's been put to bed!"
Carl Froch's step-father says he thought Carl was like the Terminator when he went toe-to-toe with George Groves at Wembley on Saturday night:
"I said to carl tonight, he was like the Terminator, just looking at him! I've been around him for years and I know when he's switched on and tonight that warrior was coming out and Groves got a different Carl Froch. I've said it all along, I knew he'd bring his game-plan."
Carl Froch's friend and occasional fitness coach, Shaun Davy, says he was 100% happy with his performance and that Groves saw a different 'Cobra' in this fight compared to the first:
"I was pleased 100% tonight! Obviously, Carl was in fantastic shape and we knew what he was capable of, but that one punch, you could see it coming to be fair! Groves was good, he was faster, but carl was so strong. He was on it tonight, 100% focussed and that's really what I expected from him."
Carl Froch's partner, Rachael Cordingly, has described how pleased she is that her man won his domestic world title fight with George Groves on Saturday night.
She says she is pleased to have Carl back after he spent much of the last few months away at his training camp:
"I can't put it into words, but I'm so proud I could cry! I'm so proud of him, I'm so happy...
...You know they're all pretty big - every fight that I go to watch - they're all pretty big - but that one I know meant so much to him so I couldn't be prouder. I haven't seen him for three months so I cant wait to have him back!"
George Groves says he let himself down, that he got 'complacent for a split second and paid the price', in his super-middleweight contest with Nottingham's Carl Froch.
He is hoping that his new fan base sticks by him in future though:
"I'm very disappointed with tonight. Very, very disappointed. I'll go back and I'll watch it back and no doubt I'll be even more disappointed and frustrated. I feel like I've let myself down because that fight was there for me to win...
...I got complacent for a split second and I paid the price. It's world class boxing so I have to eradicate that from my game. But, I hope the fans stick with me, I hope they carry on supporting me and I'll certainly do them proud as quickly as possible."
Carl Froch says he would like to fight in Las Vegas before he retires. Speaking after beating George Groves in front of a sell-out 80,000 crowd at Wembley last night, he said:
"If that fight there is all I do now in boxing, I will be a happy man! Now I'm not saying that's the end for me, but all I'm saying is, that will be hard to top. I don't know what Eddie can produce or offer me now that's going to be anything close to that, because that was just unbelievable...
...But there is one box that's left to tick and that's Las Vegas; all the greats before me have ticked that box and they've been there and I've not had my name up in lights in the fight capital of the world and it would be nice to do that before i do decide to bow out...
...So i need a long think, but I just want to get back and have a beautiful summer with my beautiful family!"
Carl Froch's promoter, Eddie Hearn, says Carl needs time off while he finds exciting options to try to convince Carl to fight again:
"We had a chat at his flat today and I said to him 'as sad as it is, this fight means so much, because this is what you're going to be remembered for'. He's heaped so much pressure on himself - like he said he's had George Groves in his head and in his ear for a year now...
...it's time for him to have a lovely summer break and for me to carve out any opportunities and to present them to Rob and Carl. If they float his boat then I'm sure he'll fight again. If they don't, who knows?!"
Carl Froch's coach from Birmingham, Rob McCracken, says they had worked on the knockout punch but also on left hook and body shots in the build-up to the fight.
Speaking after the biggest post-war fight in British boxing history, he also tipped Groves to bounce back:
"We practiced it a lot! We practised the left hook a lot and we practised his body shots too, which I think in fairness were a lot quicker that they were last time. He was pretty rapid when he got anywhere near George with the body punching and I think that slowed George down a little bit...
...But Carl Froch is a tremendous fighter, he's a prize fighter, he knows how to box, he knows how to fight and he knows how to win at the elite level and he's done that over the last six years consecutively and he went on to do that tonight...
...But, you know, Groves is a tremendous prospect and I'm sure he'll come again."
Car Froch says the right hook that 'finished the job' against George Groves, was the best punch he'd thrown in his life:
"How do you define a good punch and what it means? Well what that meant was, that in the whole George Groves saga and the history of the fight - the way people are going to look back on that in years to come - that was the right hand that finished the job...
... So, yeah, that was the best punch I have thrown in my life!"
Carl Froch says he would have retired and that his career would have been over if he had lost his Super-Middleweight clash with George Groves on Saturday night:
"I didn't want to go out of my career, or finish my career - because my career would've been over, I would've retired if I had lost tonight - I didn't want to go out like that and be remembered, in the biggest night in the history of British boxing post-war, as being the loser!
I take nothing away from George Groves but i came here tonight to win! I lived like a monk for three months and I listened to everything Rob McCracken said for three months. It's been hard to put my body through pain, but if you prepare correctly you get the results and that's what i did."
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