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George Groves ‘bullied’ and ‘hurt’ Carl Froch

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During a Saturday interview with The Daily Telegraph, trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick said Carl Froch “got bullied” and “hurt repeatedly” versus George Groves.

The 36-year-old Froch (32-2, 23 KOs) will meet the 26-year-old Groves (19-1, 15 KOs) in a rematch on May 31 at Wembley Stadium in London.

In their original scrap last November, Froch successfully defended the IBF and WBA super middleweight crowns with a controversial ninth round TKO triumph over Groves.

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.

"It wasn't like George just outsmarted him, either,” said Fitzpatrick.

“Carl was out-fought and hurt repeatedly in that fight. He got bullied. How do you go into camp and use that last fight as a positive? The only positive I can see, from their point of view, is that maybe George lost a bit of composure in rounds seven and eight and wasn't as good as he was in the earlier rounds. Maybe they're banking on him doing that again, perhaps earlier next time."

As aptly noted by Fitzpatrick, Froch was “hurt repeatedly” and he hadn’t done enough over roughly 25 minutes to stop Groves.

Considering the lack of a legitimate conclusion, the IBF rightfully ordered a sequel between Froch and Groves.

Froch, who is also a past two-time WBC super middleweight king, must prove the initial clash against Groves was an aberration.

A legitimate bruiser, “The Cobra” has battled premier pugilists and possesses a granite chin and solid power in both hands.

Regardless, graying and slowing, Froch will fall if he relies on the notion that Groves lacks stamina.

In a seesaw affair, expect George Groves to outscore Carl Froch to knot their rivalry next weekend in the United Kingdom.

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