Groves v Froch II is ON!!!
One of the most eagerly anticipated fights in British Boxing history is on. The rematch between George Groves and Carl Froch for the IBF and WBA Super-middleweight titles has been confirmed and will take place at Wembley stadium on Saturday May 31st.
Froch-Groves II is expected to smash box office records for a British fight and is likely to be the biggest rematch in British boxing since Chris Eubank took on Nigel Benn at Old Trafford in 1993.
The record attendance for a post-War fight was Ricky Hatton's bout with Juan Lazcano, when 55,000 fans packed into the City of Manchester Stadium in 2008. But promoter Eddie Hearn is looking at a figure of 80,000 on May 31st.
"This is a huge event and what I believe is the biggest fight in British boxing history. We are looking at crowds of up to 80,000 for this fight and it's a dream to make it happen.
"This is the ultimate in my opinion. It's the first fight in the new stadium and what a fight to do it. It's going to be an unbelievable night.
"People talk about if it is the biggest fight in British boxing history and I believe so. Will it be the biggest live gate? I believe so. Will it attract the biggest revenues? Yes, I believe it will.
"It's not just the numbers - it's about the fight itself. It's about the animosity, the rivalry and just how good that first fight was. Everyone knows how good this second fight is going to be.
"The tickets go on sale next Monday and it'll be interesting to see how quickly they go because for the first fight, 21,000 sold in 12 minutes so to have this place full up would be something very special.
“All the ticket information will be published this week and tickets will start at just £30 to make it as accessible as possible to the casuals.”
“Get ready for a whirlwind of a build-up and an event and fight for the ages – Froch v Groves II is on.”
After the controversial ending to the first fight, George Groves admitted to being delighted to get the rematch:
"I'm really chuffed to be honest," he said.
"Not for one second did I think Carl Froch would take this fight.
"I went to great lengths to put myself in the best position possible to get this fight on. I'm truly, truly excited and chuffed to be here.
“I feel blessed that I am getting this fantastic opportunity to participate in what could be Britain's biggest ever boxing match.
“Now I am preparing to get in the greatest physical and mental shape possible to destroy Froch in what can only be a three-round fight. Britain will have its own Hagler-Hearns to talk about for years to come. I am counting down the days until I'm World Super Middleweight champion.”
Hammersmith-born Groves is glad the fight will be held on his own patch and took a swipe at Froch, suggesting the prospect of a hostile reception will be the 'least of his worries'.
"I can't wait to be crowned world champion in my home city," he said.
"I think I have got a lot of advantages going into this fight and I think the venue, the city is the least of his worries. The advantages he wants to worry about are the ones I displayed last time we boxed and that was in a neutral venue.
"He's got plenty more things to worry about poor Froch, so he doesn't have to worry about where the fight is taking place."
Tickets will be on sale at midday on Monday March 10th from SeeTickets - www.SeeTickets.com or by calling SeeTickets General Public booking line: 0871 231 0838
Bowl Ticket prices are £30, £40, £60, £80 and £100 while pitch seating prices are £60, £80, £100, £200, £300 and £500.
Groves v Froch I: Full fight
The first fight as George 'The Saint' Groves challenges Carl Froch for the IBF and WBA world titles in Manchester.
Ratings - World: 9/929
Ratings - British: 2/61
Residence: London, UK
Won: 19 (KO15)
Rounds Boxed: 104