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Froch vs Groves II picked up by HBO for American TV

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The May 31 rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves will be carried in the United States by HBO.

Scott Heavey

Their first fight in November didn't draw major TV interest in the United States, but following the competitive bout and the controversial, headline-grabbing stoppage, HBO has picked up the TV rights to the May 31 rematch between British super middleweights Carl Froch and George Groves.

Froch (32-2, 23 KO) won by seventh round TKO when referee Howard John Foster stepped in early to halt the fight on November 23, handing Groves (19-1, 15 KO) his first pro loss, but in an outing that raised St. George's profile in a big way.

The May 31 rematch still doesn't officially have a home, but the search is on for a stadium to host the event, as interest is very high in the UK for the world title rematch. With Andre Ward back on the shelf as he tries to sort out his promotional issues with Dan Goossen, this is the best fight that can be made in the 168-pound division, and since Ward will eventually return and may very well fight the winner, HBO's interest makes plenty of sense. Also, it's just a really good fight.