After the controversial ending to the lucrative first fight, the second chapter could only have been dubbed ‘unfinished business’.
Let’s cast our minds back to the lead up to the now infamous first fight, George Groves talked a big game, even going as far as suggesting Carl was lost and saying "Froch was on the verge of tears, they were tears of being frightened", this prompted the Manchester fans to boo ‘Saint’ George to the ring, everyone was aware of his talent yet, no one was prepared to give the Londoner a chance.
Both men immediately took to the centre of the ring, George Groves made good on his promise by landing a big right hand which put ‘The Cobra’ down heavily (although, it could have been a combination of a well timed punch and the nauseating smell emanating from Groves’ mouth) to his credit, Carl Froch fought on valiantly displaying his heart and toughness which made him a fan favourite.
The fight continued with Groves appearing to have the upper hand in speed and reflexes, dodging the power shots and landing jabs and straight right hands at will, continuously rocking him. Froch got better as the fight went on finding more and more success but it seemed as if it was too little too late. And then, it happened, Froch pushed a visibly fatigued Groves to the ropes and began swinging away, the referee Howard Foster had seen enough and waved the fight off despite Groves’ pleas to let the battle continue. In the end, a near flawless performance from Groves was to no avail as the Nottingham native got his hand raised to a chorus of boos and just like that, the man who was given a hero’s welcome was vilified by the same fans just half an hour later. Regardless of the outcome, it was a great fight which left fans clamouring for a rematch, and now, they’ve got one.
There was no love lost when both fighters went nose to nose at Wembley stadium in the build up to the rematch, the trash talk started again from where it left off when Froch pushed Groves away (seriously, just brush your teeth!) it appeared as if Groves was in Froch’s head again. Then Sky Sports attempted to copy HBO’s popular backwards chair ‘Face Off’ series in which Froch’s work with a sports psychologist became apparent, he was visibly calmer and less annoyed at Groves’ antics, all of this leads us to believe that ‘The Cobra’ is better prepared mentally, but on the other hand, Groves looks obsessed, in the way Rocky Balboa was before fighting Ivan Drago. One has to think that Froch has reached his talent wall, whereas, ‘Saint George’ may not have even hit his prime yet and is getting better, but, Froch’s resolve and relentlessness has shown to be enough against more talented opponents.
Regardless of whoever wins, this fight has shaped up to be a classic in the making, the press conferences have concluded, so too have the publicity events, even the weigh ins have been completed, and now, we wait.
Sidenote: I know that you guys have probably read hundreds of articles that preview the fight but I could hardly contain my excitement so I decided to write one too and at the same time write my first BLH fanpost!