Carl Froch
Carl Froch faces George Groves in Manchester on November 23. [Lawrence Lustig]

Carl Froch defends his WBA and IBF super-middleweight title against George Groves at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester on Saturday 23 November.

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The young pretender against the vastly experienced champion. This is a fight which has caught the public's imagination thanks to weeks of hype from both fighters who have exchanged a war of words and almost come to blows. Not since the days of Benn vs Eubank has there been an all-British encounter so hotly anticipated and featured two warriors who genuinely despise each other.

Froch has been dismissive of the threat Groves possesses as he believes he is on another level to his younger opponent. And he is correct. The 36-year-old was fighting world champions when 'the Saint' was just beginning his professional career. He has faced the very best in the world has tasted defeat on just occasions.

Last time out he avenged one of those losses by defeating the Viking Warrior Mikkell Kessler in an epic encounter at London's 02 Arena back in May. Groves was on the undercard that day but is now preparing to come face-to-face with one of Britain's truly great fighters.

The 25-year-old from Hammersmith has attempted to get under the skin of Froch with some of his comments and even revealed his game plan during a final press conference in Manchester earlier this week. He is undefeated, intelligent and a clever boxer who hits hard. But few give him a genuine chance of causing an upset.

Groves has previously defied the odds when he overcame arch rival and Olympic gold medallist James DeGale but Froch is on another level and preparations for the fight have not been without incident.

Adam Booth was the man that received plenty of the plaudits for coming up with the game plan to defeat DeGale but he is no longer working with Groves and it has all turned rather sour. An out of court settlement was agreed and he will now have to rely on Paddy Fitzpatrick to guide him through the fight.

Froch has a height, weight and reach advantage but Groves truly believes that this is his time and that the Nottingham fighter is there for the taking.


Froch has struggled with some fighters in the past. He lost to the slick Andre Ward and was troubled by both Andre Dirrell and Jermain Taylor, who also used their skills and quick hands to keep out of range. However, Groves does not possess the same ability as these men and tends to look for the stoppage thanks to his powerful right hand.

Groves may well be able to frustrate Forch in the early rounds by sticking to a game plan and using his superior movement but he will undoubtedly look to engage at some point. He has been floored by Kenny Anderson and there remain questions over his temperament as he often looks to go toe-to-toe when caught.

Froch will believe that he has the power to stop Groves and come the later rounds he may well look to jump on his relatively inexperienced opponent, much in the same way he did to Lucien Bute.

Froch to win by stoppage in round 8.