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Carl Froch must leave George Groves ‘flat on his face’

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Carl Froch and George Groves will meet in a rematch on May 31 at a venue to be determined in the United Kingdom.

Froch (32-2, 23 KOs) successfully defended the IBF and WBA super middleweight crowns with a controversial ninth round TKO triumph over Groves (19-1, 15 KOs) in November.

Groves, whose awkward style gave the Nottingham native fits, floored Froch with a right jab in the first.

Although the champion recovered, Froch was consistently outdone by Groves’ speed, movement and deft footwork.

Bruised and swollen, “The Cobra” finally connected with a barrage of punches that left Groves wobbled and referee Howard Foster quickly halted the bout.

"Since the first fight he [Groves] has done a lot of whining and moaning. He's been down a lot of avenues to make things happen in his favor and make himself mandatory challenger," said Froch, 36, also a past two-time WBC super middleweight king who was ordered by the IBF to again face Groves.

"The British public is behind this, it's the only fight I could reasonably take and the biggest one out there for me, the one all the people want to see. The feedback after the controversial stoppage from the paying public was that they were unsatisfied as the fight didn't reach a natural conclusion in that sense. I know that George Groves was gone, even the people that thought the referee stopped the fight too early, still agree that the fight was only going one way which was George Groves being flat on his face.”

In actuality, despite being a legitimate bruiser, Froch hadn’t done enough over roughly 25 minutes to stop Groves.

"I systematically beat him from rounds one-to-nine and he knows that,” said Groves, 25, who enjoyed a brilliant amateur background. “There's nothing from the first fight he can take as a positive. It's going to be easy. He has zero chance of winning."

Considering the lack of “a natural conclusion,” boxing fans and “the British public” deserve to see a sequel between Froch and Groves.

Froch, who has battled premier pugilists and possesses a granite chin and solid power in both hands, must prove the initial bout versus Groves was an aberration.

It’s ludicrous for Groves to proclaim that Froch “has zero chance of winning.”

Still, in order to avoid a harsh backlash from critics, Carl Froch needs to leave George Groves “flat on his face.”

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