By Greg Stiller: George Groves (19-0, 15 KO’s) sees a lot of suffering ahead for IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (31-2, 22 KO’s), both in their fight this Saturday night in Manchester, England, and outside of the ring in having to adjust mentally to having been beaten by someone from the same country as him rather than from someone outside of England.
Groves sees Froch having problems handling the reality that he was beaten not only by a guy much bigger than him who he feels isn’t on his level, but also to a fighter that is from the UK like him.
Groves said to Sky Sports “I think what he is most petrified about and the pressure is building on him now is that come Saturday night, he’s going to lose and he’s going to lose to a 19 and 0 young British fighter. Not a fighter from overseas, not an American fighting in America or a Danish guy fighting in Denmark. He’s going to have to live in the UK, knowing that a British fighter, a young pretender as he likes to call me, has come out and has beat him.”
This could be a problem for Froch if he does get beaten, and he’s not able to accept that he lost to a guy from the UK. Since Joe Calzaghe retired in 2008, Froch has been the number one fighter at 168 in the UK and there’s been no one to challenge his status as the number one guy in that country until now with Groves. If Froch gets beaten by Groves, then he’s going to have to accept that he’s the number 2 fighter at 168 in the UK, unless Froch somehow denies that he deserved to lose.
One would hope that the judges score the fight corrector and there’s no controversy surrounding the outcome like there was in Froch’s win over Andre Dirrell in 2009. Groves plans on beating Froch in a convincing fashion to where he won’t have any other choice but to accept the fact that he was beaten. Groves doesn’t want there to be any reason for Froch to say that he doesn’t acknowledge having been beaten.