Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs), defeated George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) for the second time yesterday, retaining his IBF and WBA super middleweight titles at the iconic Wembley Stadium in London. It was the second loss of his career for Groves, both losses have been to Froch. The event was televised in the United States on HBO Boxing.
In their first meeting last year, Froch defeated Groves in a controversial stoppage by the referee in round nine, in a fight that was toe-to-action.
Today’s fight between Carl Froch and George Groves was not as exciting as the first fight, but it was loaded with plenty of action. In the early rounds, Groves landed some nice blows with his signature overhand right, quickly getting the attention of Froch.
A cautious Froch did well, sizing up Groves and looking for holes, but he knew he would have to start fighting Groves at some point if he was going to win.
Mixing some deadly body shots and combinations by Froch in round four, it was clear the style of Froch was affecting Groves, forcing him out of his game and in a more defensive mode.
The experience of Froch seemed to be the difference this fight, knowing Groves had more power, Froch took advantage of every opportunity to land punches, keeping his range and controlling the tempo, allowing him to control the mid-rounds with ease.
In round seven, Groves seemed to have things figured out, a left hook by Groves rattles Froch for moment. The two continued throwing blows, Groves countering well every time Froch would throw a punch.
Round eight began where round seven ended, Groves doing a fine job with his jab, Froch answering back. Solid fighting by both fighters, it was evident both were performing at the top of their game. The action would continue when Froch landed a beautiful thrown right, followed by a well placed left, dropping Groves to end the fight, giving the TKO win to Carl Froch. The official time was 2:34 of round eight.