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Froch v Grove II - The Predictions

Some are speculating that this weekend’s fight between Carl Froch and George Groves could be one of the greatest British battles we’ve ever seen. While Froch may have come on top in the bout in November, the circumstances were controversial to say the least and some were suggesting that his opponent was hard done to after the referee ended proceedings in the 9th round.

Groves has claimed ever since that there was a huge miscarriage of justice and has vowed to put the record straight this Saturday. However, most of the established bloggers in the field believe that the Londoner will be up against it, and the fight is Nottingham-born Froch’s to lose. Here, we’ll take a look at some of these opinions and why Froch is so hotly tipped…

 

 

Froch's Corner

Out of the seven opinions featured through this article, six of them believe that this will be Froch’s night. “The Cobra", a four time world champion, is ten years older than his opponent but many think that his power could even result in an early knockout.

Froch has admitted that he perhaps underestimated Groves in the last clash, and didn’t take his training as seriously as usual. This time he has been spending five days of the week training in Sheffield, away from his family home in Nottingham in a bid to avoid distractions. While his training schedule may have been adapted, he’s still donning the same, famous Lonsdale boxing shorts and other ‘Cobra’ marked gear that has served him so well throughout his career.

Most of our contributors think that all of the above will aid Froch, as we take a look at some of their opinions...

 

Johnny Nguyen from Expert Boxing thinks...

Carl Froch has proven himself again and again at being able to come back in fights at the highest level. He’s got not only an iron chin but an iron will. He really doesn’t care if he’s down on the scorecard or not. The first George Groves fight was awfully similar to the Jermain Taylor fight.

As much as I do feel Froch has maybe slipped a bit, I do find comfort in picking Froch again mainly because of his willpower and experience at the highest level. Even if Groves was faster and more powerful, he’s still there to be hit and he doesn’t have the slickness of an Andre Ward or even an Andre Dirrell. The way I see it… Froch won’t make the same mistake and get caught early again and won’t give Groves an early lead in the fight. I originally want to go with a decision victory for Froch because I feel both fighters will respect each other more this time but I’m going to pick Froch by knockout because I don’t see these guys boxing for too long.

I’ll say Froch by TKO 8.



Jay Cee from The MMA Review thinks...

This time around Carl Froch will be a lot more focused and fresh. He will have learned a lot from the first fight and this time he'll be a lot more prepared. Choosing a winner is tough. This is definitely a pick'em fight, but I'm leaning towards Froch. I definitely think George Groves was unlucky in the first fight. Froch underestimated his opponent and Groves made him pay for it in the early rounds. In this second battle George has a chance of winning the fight on points, but I'm going to predict a late stoppage for Carl Froch.



Joe Bruiser from Fight Fan thinks...

Although Froch did get dropped hard by Groves early in the first fight, I thought he showed that he could take the best Groves could throw at him over the next few rounds. He started to land more regularly and was breaking Groves down with body shots going into the second half of the fight. The stoppage may have been quick, but Groves was visibly starting to wilt and I feel he wasn't going to last more than another round or two.

Froch will be better prepared for the rematch. He proved in the first fight that he has more than Groves can handle, and although he will once again take his lumps in the early going, he will break Groves down as the fight wears on and score another late-round stoppage, this time without controversy.

It will be another great fight.



Duan Greally from Fight Game Blog thinks...

Back in November, George Groves fought the perfect fight to beat Carl Froch for seven rounds. Nobody - not even Andre Ward - has been as successful at shutting down the Nottingham man. It's very easy to look at that evidence and make the argument that if he stays focused this time around he could (and perhaps should) be able to see it through to the final bell. The problem with that is in rounds eight and night, Froch took the fight somewhere George simply couldn't survive. You can forget the stoppage controversy because the stoppage was coming anyway. The dynamic of the fight had shifted and it was only a matter of time. Carl now knows what he needs to do to make it that sort of battle. I see him getting to Groves earlier on in the second go around. Expect a Cobra KO within the first six.



Ja Dawson from Fight Insight thinks...

The rematch between super middleweight mainstay Carl "the Cobra" Froch (32-2, 23 KO's) and the hard-hitting upstart George Groves (19-1, 15 KO's) on May 31 will arguably be one of the biggest fights in British boxing history. And, to many, it will also be one of its toughest to predict. For me however, it will not be difficult to predict.

I expect the always-resilient Froch to enter the rematch with renewed focus and vigor and right the wrong (if you want to call if that) of his controversial stoppage victory in the first fight. Groves is no pushover, but he will be pushed over in this sequel by the more battle-tested fighter (Froch).

Clive Bernath from Seconds Out thinks...

I see this as a slightly different fight from the first one in that Froch will be far more motivated, respectful and cautious this time so he will not be taking any unnecessary risks. I see a close and strategic battle in the first half of the fight and Froch using every ounce of his experience to take a close, possibly split decision, victory. Froch did show signs of decline in the first fight but I don't think he's declined far enough yet for Groves to capitalise on.



Groves' Corner

Just one of the opinions favours a Groves victory, even though the 26-year-old has lost just one fight of his whole career (which happened to be against Froch in November). As you will have read through the other views, the general consensus is that Groves will give a good account of himself and will wear his opponent down, but only one of the bloggers we asked seems to think that he has a chance of recording a win.

One thing that Groves claims is hugely in his favour is the home crowd, with the event set to be staged on his doorstep at Wembley Stadium. Whether or not that is sufficient to swing the fight in his favour remains to be seen and out of our seven contributors, only Edward Chaykovsky believes in him...

 

Edward Chaykovsky from Boxing Scene thinks...

George Groves is going to start faster, with Froch being more cautious. I expect Froch to come on strong in the second half, with Groves going through some tough hurdles to make it to the finish line. In the end Groves is going to win a close decision.