Former two weight world champion Ricky Hatton has tipped Nottingham’s Carl Froch to prevail in his WBA and IBF super-middleweight world title defence against London rival George Groves when the pair clash in his home city of Manchester at the stadium he put on the map in his terrific heyday.
In his exclusive MEN column, Manchester boxing legend Hatton backs Froch to win, but says he isn’t massively confident in his prediction though and wouldn’t be surprised if Groves caused an upset and defeated the ‘Cobra’ to take the belts in what he believes will be a close encounter on November 23rd.
“It will make for a fantastic fight and one that I think will be a lot closer than a lot of people might think.” said Hatton.
“Groves is jumping up another couple of levels, but he has the tools to beat Froch.
“If you stand and fight with Froch you will come off second best – but if you show speed and movement, like Andre Ward did, it’s a different story. Groves is a very clever, intelligent man. He showed that against James DeGale.
“No one gave him a chance in that fight and he came out on top.
“He’s got the style and ammunition and I think he’s got under Froch’s skin a bit.
“I’m still backing Froch to win – but I say that without a massive degree of confidence. I wouldn’t be surprised if Groves caused an upset.
“The only question is whether it has come too soon for Groves. These types of domestic contests always grab the public’s attention.”