Another of boxing's biggest days of 2013 is looking like it's about to get bigger. Manny Pacquiao will face Brandon Rios in Macau on November 23, and earlier in the day, Carl Froch will reportedly defend his IBF and WBA super middleweight titles against George Groves, according to a report by Terence Dooley at BoxingScene.com.
Froch (31-2, 22 KO) and Groves (19-0, 15 KO) have had some media beef this year, with the two Matchroom Boxing stars having some issue over Groves' work as a sparring partner for Mikkel Kessler, who lost to Froch on May 25 in London. Froch felt that this was some kind of national betrayal or the like, while Groves more pragmatically said it was just a professional decision that made sense for him. After all, he got to work with a world class fighter in his own training camp.
Anyway, that aside, this is a really good fight no matter if there's anything personal between them or not. It's a drastic step up in competition for Groves, but the 25-year-old from Hammersmith has met all challenges thus far in his pro career and come through with flying colors. Froch, 36, will undoubtedly be the favorite, but this is an opportunity for a major changing of the guard in British boxing and in the super middleweight division.
The fight is expected to be officially announced tomorrow.
Does Groves have a shot at the win here, or is this too much, too soon for him?