World champion raring to go before all-British mega-fight, writes Greg Leedham
Carl Froch has boasted that he could end the career of the “arrogant, cheeky, disrespectful, downright rude” George Groves this weekend.
Froch puts his IBF and WBA super middleweight titles on the line on Saturday when he faces challenger and fellow Briton Groves at Manchester’s Phones4u Arena on Saturday.
The pair have exchanged jibes in the build-up to the bout which will be Froch’s 14th world title fight and Groves’s first.
Froch is the hot favourite and believes that Groves’s antics in recent weeks have played in his favour.
The Nottingham fighter, speaking after conducting a public workout, told Sky Sports News: “My motivation is my two world title belts, my legacy and the fact this kid is coming in arrogant, cheeky, disrespectful, downright rude — and I don’t like that.
“With boxing I get the chance to set the record straight and make sure I put that right.
“There is no better job, and no more satisfying job for me to do, other than giving George Groves a pasting. I am looking forward to doing that.
“If he had been a bit more humble and a bit more polite, a bit placid, in the build-up and appreciative of his chance against the champ, then I might have taken my foot off the gas.
“I prepare very diligently anyway. I am always very professional in what I do. But his attitude and the way he has conducted himself — very, very childishly, immaturely, arrogantly — in the build-up to the fight has given me that little bit of extra motivation to just grit my teeth in sparring and push on at the end of the run, everything that makes me a bit fitter and sharper on the night.
“I am taking it very, very seriously and George Groves is in a world of trouble. He is going to get an absolute shock on Saturday night because not only am I going to beat him, I am going to beat him in spectacular fashion and potentially end his career. He is not going to see that one coming.”
Froch, who has fought a litany of quality fighters in the super-middleweight division, grudgingly accepts that Groves deserves his world title shot but is not overly impressed with his opponent’s record.
Of Groves, who has 15 knockouts from his 19 wins, Froch said: “George Groves can’t take a shot, so as soon as I start smacking him on the chin his legs are going to turn to Bambi, he is going to be all over the shop.”