When George Groves (19-0, 15 KOs) was first announced as WBA and IBF super-middleweight champion Carl Froch’s next opponent back in September, few were giving the ‘Saint’ much chance of upsetting his compatriot on November 23. He plans to prove all the doubters wrong.
In November, unified super middleweight champion Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch faces unbeaten challenger George Groves at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester in one of the most eagerly anticipated domestic fights in years.
Next Saturday in the gambling haven of Atlantic City, New Jersey, the stakes could not be higher for Britain’s Carl Froch as he takes on the 42-year-old veteran Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs), for place in the final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik made a low-key return to the ring on the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley undercard on Saturday night, labouring to a majority points win over the unheralded Alfonso Lopez after a 13 month hiatus from the sport. But does ‘The Ghost’ have what it takes to make his mark on the loaded super-middleweight division?
2011 is shaping up to be some year for British fight fans. Not only do they have David Haye’s heavyweight showdown with one of the Klitschko brothers, Carl Froch’s Super Six semi-final with Glen Johnson and Nathan Cleverly’s world title shot to look forward to, but two all-British fights are on the horizon that could eclipse even these money-spinning bouts.
2011 has made a sluggish start on the boxing front, with the much-hyped Bradley-Alexander unification fight proving to be a major let-down. Knockoutpunch outlines five bouts we’d like to see this year to restore our faith in the sweet science.