Everyone knows the rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves on May 31 is going to be huge. But maybe we didn't realize just how huge.
Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn has announced that an additional 20,000 seats will be opened up at Wembley Stadium in response to the high demand for tickets. Originally staged for a 60,000 seat capacity, the event sold out in less than an hour. Even with the capacity pushed up to 80,000, the fight is still expected to be a sellout. If they do sell through all of the tickets, it will set the British attendance record for a boxing match.
"It's fantastic that we have managed to ensure even more fans will be in Wembley for this monumental occasion," Hearn said. "We have worked hard with the (city) council, Wembley and Transport for London and I am delighted that we have come to an agreement to get as many fans as possible into the stadium to create an incredible atmosphere."
Their first fight was highly controversial. In one of the best fights of 2013, Groves built an early lead before Froch gradually made some strides. Froch hurt Groves in the ninth round and, seemingly out of the blue in such a physical fight, the referee stepped in and stopped the fight. To call the stoppage quick would be polite.
The bout will be televised live on HBO in the US.