The Slickster Saint ready for the Venomous cobra The closer the fight gets, the greater the hype. Fair enough Sky has invested a lot of screen time into this fight, but after all, with a pay per view (PPV) model, the fight deserves this sort of media attention. After all this could be, potentially, a proper super middleweight domestic dust up of times gone by. For Froch, (won 31 [KO 22] lost 2 [KO 0] 0), the fight seems a little one sided in terms of the risk v reward equation. You see the media can be a cruel animal at times, at one stage crediting a boxer for his achievements, and then a fight later discrediting the same boxer if he suffers a loss. Froch, for all his fantastic achievements, is taking on a huge risk here in Groves, (won 19 [KO 15] lost 0 [KO 0] 0), make no doubt about it. Groves has it all to gain, experience in a huge domestic fight on the world stage, taking on a seasoned and established name in the UK and in America with belts on the line, and if he does get defeated he has youth on his side to make a comeback. The absolute most that Froch can gain from this fight, is if he takes Groves out in style – and I think Froch knows this. Of course, on the flip side, this will be Groves’ biggest fight purse, and Froch will no doubt be making a lot of money from this fight, so they both stand to earn big money. So let’s look at some of the factors in the build up to this intriguing fight so far.
- Personalities – it always makes a fight more interesting when there is genuine needle. Groves and Froch are completely different, partly due to the brashness of youth clashing with the experience of age. Groves has claimed in the Express today that, “I am causing Carl to lose sleep”. Froch on the other hand claims, “I am going to absolutely outclass him and do a job on him, that’s how I feel ”- according to the Matchroom website.
- Goading – Groves has chosen to wind Froch up and I believe he has done a good job at doing this. However on the back of this, openly doing this on the ringside show, did make him appear childish.
- Confidence – both appear confident but Groves makes it even more interesting by completely believing in his ability to have the blueprint to not only beat Froch but totally outclass him.
- Preparation – Froch has the edge here, with a seasoned trainer in Rob McCracken, his camp is stable, focused on results and it has proven time and time again it works. Groves’ departure from Trainer Booth is not ideal preparation in the build up to the biggest fight of Groves’ career, despite his dismissive comments surrounding it.
- Motivation – How motivated is Froch for this fight after taking on such elite opposition in recent years, apart from an interim fight with Mack in 2012? Does he feel this is a step down or as the needle injected new spite into his preparation? With this opportunity, I don’t think anyone could argue that Groves isn’t motivated, as a win would catapult him into the second best Super Middleweight in the World, behind Andre Ward of course.
- Underestimating each other – Both fighters risk a rude wake-up call if they have failed to take each other seriously. Froch appears up for this fight, so I believe he will have meticulously prepared for this fight as he always does. Unless he grows old overnight, expect the usual Carl Froch to turn up, in shape, stamina in abundance and ready for battle. The danger here lies with Groves, who may have, slightly underestimated Froch’s technical ability. Yes in the past Froch has struggled with movement, yes he tends to drop his left hand dangerously low, and at times such an open defense makes him appear vulnerable. But Froch’s opponents have always pointed out how hard Froch hits. From that stance, Froch can whip the left hand cross from that low position and with power. Has Groves underestimated this? If Groves doesn’t finish Froch off how will he handle Froch’s come forward aggression throughout 12 rounds, and has he got the energy to evade Froch attacks for 36 minutes? There are definitely more questions for Groves to answer but if he gets it right it has the potential to change his life, and retire Froch.