Froch vs Groves rematch being targeted for May 31, Hearn working to close deal soon

Scott Heavey

Eddie Hearn is trying to put together a blockbuster deal to stage a Froch-Groves rematch on May 31.

According to a report from the Daily Star, promoter Eddie Hearn is working feverishly to finalize a deal for a rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves to be held on May 31 at a major UK venue, most likely one of four football stadiums.

The IBF has ordered the rematch between the two, but there are still sticking points in the negotiations. The sanctioning body's deadline for a deal is February 4.

Four football venues - The Etihad Stadium, The Emirates Stadium, Old Trafford and The City Ground - as well as England Rugby HQ Twickenham are being considered to stage Froch-Groves II on May 31 after their first thrilling clash ended controversially.

... Hearn said: "We are planning to sit down this week to try and iron out this deal because at the moment we are just going back and forth.

"George thinks he should get this much and Carl thinks George should get this much. I'm just going to get them in a room and let them go at it. Not literally I hope.

"It's about closing the nitty gritty of the deal now. I think we need a capacity of at least 60,000 for this fight."

Froch (32-2, 23 KO) beat Groves (19-1, 15 KO) by highly controversial ninth round stoppage in November, and the IBF reviewed the fight and agreed that the stoppage was premature, ordering a rare immediate rematch. It's a big money fight, obviously, and it seems that Froch is fully on board with the bout now after initially sounding reluctant. He recently stated that he'd like to face Julio Cesar Chavez Jr first, but that seems highly unlikely unless he chooses to vacate his IBF belt.

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