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Thursday 19 April 2018

'Retire or give me a rematch'

Groves calls on Froch to fight again or lose his credibility

Carl Froch (left) and George Groves after their WBA and IBF Super Middleweight Title fight. Picture: Dave Thompson/PA
Carl Froch (left) and George Groves after their WBA and IBF Super Middleweight Title fight. Picture: Dave Thompson/PA

GEORGE GROVES has told Carl Froch to fight him again or retire as the fall out from their controversial world title fight continues.

Groves was pulled out of their super middleweight scrap in Manchester on Saturday night by referee Howard Foster, who deemed that the ninth round punishment he was being subjected to was too much.

Groves, ahead on the scorecards and with a knockdown of Froch in his favour, was furious, insisting he had been fit to continue.

Having started the night as the villain after some inflammatory pre-fight behaviour he left the ring to cheers, with Froch the one being booed.

A rematch was immediately brought up and Groves, who now has a first career loss to reflect on, has told the 36-year-old to put up or shut up.

"All he can do is retire, which wouldn't surprise me, or fight me again," the Londoner said.

"People are already Tweeting it – retire or rematch. I am his only opponent or his credibility is shot. Nobody is interested in fighting him other than me."

Froch has earned a reputation as a gladiator because of a series of thrilling and punishing fights, and Saturday's was no difference.

Trouble

He has rarely looked in so much trouble, with Groves sitting him down in the first round.

"After the fight, he didn't even remember it," Groves added.

"He sat down in my corner and I don't know what they told him. In my opinion, he was scared.

"Carl has banged on about a legacy. If he wants to be remembered as a great, he has to give me a rematch.

"There is no other fight for Carl ... and his credibility would be shot if he didn't give me a rematch."

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