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Carl Froch Not Looking To Vacate Title. Is George Groves Next?


Carl Froch is not looking to be stripped of his title any time soon. Coming off his very entertaining victory over Mikkel Kessler this past May, the 36 year old from Nottingham, England has expressed in an interview that he will respect the IBF’s decision and would consider facing stable mate and mandatory challenger, George Groves. Froch told SkySports:

“He’s mandatory for the IBF by default because Lucian Bute is injured, and I think (Edwin) Rodriguez and (Brandon) Gonzalez were fighting for the number two spot, this is what Eddie (Hearn, promoter) is telling me anyway.”

“George Groves is next in line for the IBF title and, you know me, I defend my title rather than vacate it. I’ll fight anybody.”

On the flip side, we’ve got the 25 year old George Groves, who has won five of his last six fights by TKO, telling the International Business Times that negotiations are already underway for his title shot against “The Cobra” saying:

“I think we are close to doing a deal as that is the fight that I want.”

“I don’t think another Kessler fight would happen this year. Andre Ward has gone quiet and to be honest it wouldn’t sell that well so the next biggest fight out there is to fight me.”

This could be the more lucrative and easily made fight for Froch to take this year, as other options seem to be unattainable at the moment. As for Groves, he feels he is definitely ready for a shot no matter who is on the opposite corner.


– Alex Aviles


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