Boxing: Froch out to put fear into Groves

Carlo Froch believes his sheer punching power will be the deciding factor when he puts his IBF and WBA super middleweight titles on line against George Groves later this year.

Having seen off the challenge of the Dane Mikkel Kessler in his last fight in London, Froch is now preparing for an all-British affair against fellow Englishman Groves, who is yet to taste defeat in his professional career.

Although the defending champion has been beaten twice in his career, Froch has far more experience of big bouts both home and abroad and punters who bet on boxing are currently split on who they think will win.

The 36-year-old will certainly be looking to use that know how against his 25-year-old opponent and has insisted there is no chance of him underestimating his former training partner.

Froch told Sky Sports News: “It’s a real treat for British fight fans that this is a domestic dust-up.

“I don’t think Groves should be telling me to bring my ‘A-game’ though and to not take him lightly. He should want me to be unprofessional and to not prepare meticulously.

“When I’m firing on all cylinders it’s very difficult for anyone to beat me and stand up to my power. I punch very hard with those small gloves and George Groves knows that.”

Punters using their in-play bet offer will be keen to note that Froch has already been talking beyond his next fight and a potential rematch with Andre Ward, following his defeat to the American in December 2011.

If the Nottingham fighter has any chance of getting a rematch with Ward, he will have to see off this potential banana skin against Groves, who would really put his name on the map if he could cause an upset against the Cobra.

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