“Buried the hatchet”: Froch and Groves seemingly end their differences

Ed Angeli

Carl Froch versus George Groves is a genuine boxing rivalry; one built on a controversial – and arguably early – stoppage for Froch to retain his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles in 2013. 

Fast forward just six months and the pair were back in a slugging match in-front of the biggest boxing crowd in Britain since World War II; Froch once again showed his superiority – knocking out Groves in the eighth round; cue the compliments, cue the awards…

“The best punch you will ever see in a British boxing ring” — Boxing commentator, Mike Costello

Froch was awarded with the Knock out of the Year in 2014, by the Ring - Image Source: Twitter
Froch was awarded with the Knock out of the Year in 2014, by the Ring – Image Source: Twitter

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Despite the convincing win for Froch, the mutual respect seemed to still be missing from the two; zero handshakes in sight over a three-year period.

However, with Groves finally winning a world title at his fourth attempt, it now appears the two fighters have some closure on the rivalry. Froch gave his fellow fighter a standing ovation in Groves’ sixth round stoppage of Russian, Fedor Chudinov.

“I couldn’t do anything other than applaud George Groves’ win

“We did catch each other’s eyes at the end and it just made me feel good.

“I applauded him nodding ‘well done’ and he looked at me and went ‘thanks’, as if to say that hatchet has been buried and we can move on now.” — Carl Froch speaking to Sky Sports.”

In what has been a bitter and intense rivalry, Groves’ super-middleweight title puts him in the history books; the seemingly only way to gain an applause from Froch.

It’s now been suggested that long standing rival, James DeGale, could be next up for the orthodox fighter; a bout Froch expects Groves to win

“George Groves now looks like he is getting better, but with DeGale he is at that point where you think he’s not.” — Carl Froch speaking to Sky Sports.

Victory in this clash for Groves, would see him take the the IBF super-middleweight belt; and, with DeGale failing to look convincing in his previous draw with Badou Jack earlier in the year, you wouldn’t want to bet against Groves holding both belts.