TwitterFacebook

Carl Froch takes swipe at George Groves after retirement announcement

Anthony Cocks

Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

Follow Anthony Cocks on: Twitter | Facebook
KO Boxing Forum

Carl Froch has delivered a backhanded compliment to George Groves, who announced his retirement at the age of 30 this week.

Writing in a column for Sky Sports, the former WBC, WBA and IBF super middleweight champion said he wouldn’t miss his former foe who he defeated in back-to-back fights before retiring in 2014 with a record of 33-2 (24).

“Will I miss him? Probably not,” said Froch. “But I can’t deny that Groves made a massive, positive impact on the end of my career. Between us we filled Wembley and raised the bar for the next generation, led by Anthony Joshua of course, to box there, regularly.

See Also

“Groves certainly played his part in all that. A big part. He will be remembered for all those mind games and smart words he came out with, but I have to be honest, I never found him funny or clever.”

Froch and Groves had a heated rivalry that led to a pair of classic battles in 2013/14. Froch won both those bouts by TKO.

“What I will say about him though is well done for becoming a world champion,” continued Froch. “Even if I was not his biggest fan, I was glad to stand up applauded his win over Fedor Chudinov at Bramall Lane.”

Hammersmith’s Groves claimed the vacant WBA super middleweight championship against Fedor Chudinov in May 2017 with a TKO6 victory in Sheffield. In his last bout he was knocked out in seven rounds by undefeated Callum Smith last September.

Froch couldn’t resist one last dig at his old rival.

“But I won’t miss him and I am not sure that British boxing will miss him, these days at least. There was nothing left out there for him,” he said.

“He lost to Callum Smith, who is now top of the super-middleweight world and it wasn’t like it was a close or controversial defeat, he was conclusively beaten and there was never going to be a rematch.

“Groves helped me finish my own career in the best way possible, so now it’s his turn to call it a day. Fair play to him.”

Read more articles about: ,
red-speech-300×267

Click Here, If you wish to add a COMMENT to the above article or any of the Ringnews24 boxing articles.

FITE – BOXING TV FIXTURES

TOP STORIES

Liam Williams gunning for Demetrius Andrade after re-signing with Frank…

Liam Williams gunning for Demetrius Andrade after re-signing with Frank Warren

Middleweight contender Liam ‘The Machine’ Williams 22-2-1 (17) has signed a new long-term promotional agreement with Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions. The 28-year-old Welshman dropped a pair of competitive fights to Liam Smith in 2017 but has…

Billy Joe Saunders missed the boat against Canelo Alvarez, says…

Billy Joe Saunders missed the boat against Canelo Alvarez, says Bernard Hopkins

WBO super middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders 29-0 (14) may never get another chance to fight Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez 53-1-2 (36), according to Bernard Hopkins. The 30-year-old British southpaw was expected to face Alvarez on …

Manny Pacquiao had the superior career to Floyd Mayweather Jr,…

Manny Pacquiao had the superior career to Floyd Mayweather Jr, says Buddy McGirt

Buddy McGirt has joined Bernard Hopkins in saying he would prefer to have the legacy of Manny Pacquiao over Floyd Mayweather Jr despite the undefeated American defeating the Filipino superstar on points in Las Vegas five years ago. Leading trainer…

Jamel Herring title defence cancelled after testing positive to COVID-19…

Jamel Herring title defence cancelled after testing positive to COVID-19 for a second time

WBO super featherweight champion Jamel ‘Semper Fi’ Herring 21-2 (10) will no longer make the second defence of his title against Jonathan ‘Polvo’ Oquendo 31-6 (19) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada after testing positive for COVID-19 for the seco…

Alexander Povetkin says there’s more to winning a fight than…

Alexander Povetkin says there’s more to winning a fight than just a left hook

Russian veteran Alexander Povetkin 35-2-1 (24) has warned Dillian Whyte 27-1 (18) it will take more than a left hook to beat him. The heavyweight pair are scheduled to meet at the Matchroom Fight Camp in Brentwood, Essex in the UK on August 22. …

Jeff Horn vs Tim Tszyu back on for August 26…

Jeff Horn vs Tim Tszyu back on for August 26 in Townsville

The fight between former WBO welterweight champion Jeff Horn 20-2-1 (13) and Tim Tszyu 15-0 (11) is back on for August 26 at Queensland Country Bank Stadium in Townsville, Australia after previously being postponed due to the global coronavirus pande…

Welcome

Welcome to Ringnews24; read the latest boxing news from around the world.

The site is run by boxing fans James Tonks and Lee Daley.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free toEmail Us

Write for Ringnews24

KO BOXING FORUM

CONNECT WITH US