Boxing: Groves ready for step up

After dismissing George Groves as still a prospect, IBF and WBA champion Carl Froch will now step into the ring with his fellow Englishman in an intriguing super-middleweight bout. Groves gets his chance against Froch due to his ranking with the IBF, but after just 19 professional bouts, many punters who bet on boxing think this fight has come too soon for the 25-year old.

After a sensational run of form since his defeat to Andre Ward in the Super Six final in 2011, Froch has established himself as the dominant force in the division, racking up memorable victories against Lucian Bute and Mikkel Kessler during that time. Rather than vacate his IBF strap, Froch will now defend his belts against mandatory challenger Groves.

While Groves has quickly established himself as one of the most exciting, not to mention hard-hitting, boxers in the super-middleweight division, there is still an argument to say this bout may have come a year too early. But while it might be easy to assume Froch will be too much for his younger rival, Groves is full of confidence that he can shock the betting and become a world champion in his 20th pro fight.

“Look at the good world champions, past and present. They usually challenge for a world title around the 20-bout mark. They usually have to take on older, more experienced guys and they don’t always fall short,” insisted Groves.

“Everyone is going to be saying that this is step too far for me right now, but it’s not. I’ve been written off and been the underdog before but I actually relish that, and I can’t wait for my chance.”

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