Carl Froch (32-2) vs. George Groves (19-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday May 31, 2014, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Carl Froch -157
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Carl Froch and George Groves will have their highly anticipated rematch on Saturday night at Wembley Stadium. Of course, when these guys fought last year in November, the fight was called early, giving Froch the win, even though Groves was leading on the scorecards.
Froch heads into this matchup with a 32-2 record and has won his last four fights. Froch is 36 years old and relies heavily on his high boxing IQ and overwhelming determination to win fights. He isn’t the quickest and certainly isn’t the most powerful, but Froch makes the proper adjustments throughout the fight and is able to do just enough to win these days. Eight of his last 12 fights have gone the distance.
Groves controversial loss was the first of his career, as he heads into this matchup with a 19-1 record. Groves is 10 years younger than Froch at 26 years old, and has won 15 of his 19 fights by knockout. Six of Groves’ last seven fights have been decided before the 12th round. Unlike Froch, Groves is extremely quick and athletic, relying on speed and fast hands to get the job done. Sometimes his aggressiveness opens him up for counters from his opponents, but few can match the overall athleticism that Groves comes with.
Froch enters this fight as the favorite, but that has to be due to the experience advantage. I don’t see how Groves doesn’t win this match, as he was robbed in last year’s battle in the first place. Groves is much younger, quicker, faster and was winning the first fight before it was called off by the referee.
Froch is a tough fighter who can withstand many body blows and won’t go down without a fight, but Groves has the advantage from a talent standpoint and will be determined to make a statement given how things played out the last time these two met.
I’ll gladly take Groves for the plus money.