Carl Froch Vs George Groves – 23rd November 2013

Fight Preview and Betting Recommendation

Location – Phones 4 U arena (M.E.N arena) Manchester, United Kingdom 

IBF Super Middleweight Title and WBA Super World Super Middleweight Title 

On paper this looks like one of Froch’s easiest fights in a while, 10 back to back world title fights on the big stage, 9 against current or former world champions has seen Froch’s stock rise dramatically. It’s the way Carl Froch has conducted himself between the ropes in said fights which has seen the cobra cement his reputation as one of the toughest warriors in the business. 

Not only has Carl Froch shown tremendous heart and courage, he has shown he can box and mix it up with the very best on the elite stage, it’s little wonder many think Saturday night is simply a formality against an unproven and perhaps a little too green George Groves. 

However i think this could be a bad style matchup for Froch and i can see him having a few issues, while Groves is yet to be proven i am one who has followed the young Hammersmith man since his amatuer days and i happen to believe he may just be a little bit special.

Groves has the ring IQ, movement, the extra hand and foot speed that if used with the right discipline and temperament could see him making this fight extremely competitive. 

Both fighters have underrated jabs and it will be interesting to see which one is able to establish it the most, Groves has the notch on speed in delivering the jab while Froch’s appears to have more meat on it.

Both are fairly big punchers and while Froch is famous for having a granite chin i believe Groves still has the power to really shake Froch especially if he lands flush with his power shot – the right hook. 

Question marks have been raised over Grove’s chin and i can certainly see Froch sending him a one way ticket to Strictly Come Dancing Saturday night, he was knocked out as an amatuer, dropped as a pro by Kenny Anderson and buzzed by Paul Smith. 

Can George Groves withstand Froch’s onslaughts?, and their will be onslaughts, periods in the trenches and Groves will need to answer the questions around his chin if he is to win this. 

Many believe Groves may adopt backfoot tactics against Froch, Froch himself believes Groves may simply “run” all night, i believe that would be a mistake as Froch is at his best when he is on the front foot and it could be Lucian Bute all over again. 

While Groves does not want to get involved in a shootout as that will favour Froch, he most certainly needs to hold his own in the centre of the ring, stay off the ropes and keep Froch backed up as often as he possible can, easier said than done. 

I have gone back on forth on this fight, firstly i thought this was perhaps too soon for George Groves but the more i look at the fight and the style matchup the more i believe George Groves could be on the cusp of a big upset. However this is very much dependent on his ability to take big shots on the world stage. 

Groves is 7/2 at pinnacle and i think he is very much a live underdog but because of the question marks over his chin i don’t think this is a fight i will be risking a big stake on instead im going to make a small but sensible play on Groves to win outright – with some other notable fun/interest bets as displayed below – 

ATR’s Bets for Froch Vs Groves – 

– £20 on Groves any method 7/2 Pinnacle (refund in the event a draw occurs) Pinnacle is a must for Boxing Betting, they offer the best odds for most fights, sign up here >>

– £2.50 on Froch to win in round 12 25/1 Betvictor, bet up to £25 and victor will match it with a free bet here >>

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– £2.50 on Groves by Majority decision 33/1 Ladbrokes, bet £10 and get £30 in FREE BETS use promo code THREE10 Here >>

– £1 on Groves to win round 12 100/1 25/1 Betvictor, bet up to £25 and victor will match it with a free bet here >>