This weekend will see Carl Froch and George Groves step into the ring at Wembley Stadium to contest the biggest match in British boxing history.
Ladbrokes is offering money back* on losing round bets if The Cobra retains his IBF and WBA belts by a points win and here Ladbrokes News man @JameslcParry looks at where the fight might be won or lost.
Froch – Chin and determination
He may have been decked by Groves in the first round last time out but Froch is blessed with a chin carved out of pure granite. The Groves knockdown was only the second time in his career that The Cobra has seen the ceiling of an arena!
Another of Froch’s key attributes is his ability to dig deep and muster strength – seemingly from nowhere at times – to dominate the later rounds of fights.
Groves – Pace and confidence
Saint George’s main strength lies in his blistering pace. He may not be subtle in his approach but as Froch found out in Manchester spotting a Groves overhand right in advance does not mean you’ll be able to avoid it.
Supreme confidence in his own ability could also alleviate Groves in this bout. The Londoner was keen to stress in the build-up to the pair’s first bout that he believed he could beat Froch. Now he knows for sure that he’s got what it takes.
Froch – Low left arm defence
Despite having a solid jaw, Froch has made no attempt to disguise the fact that he does not like to be hit. This then, makes it all the more surprising, that he consistently drops his left hand low and invites his opponents to attack with the right. This was all too evident in the first fight and is something that needs to be addressed if he is to win again at Wembley.
Groves – Stamina
It is widely accepted that the first fight was stopped prematurely but the tide had turned in the Cobra’s favour, with Groves looking increasingly exhausted in the second half of the fight.
The London man has gone the distance before but he lacks his rival’s engine and ability to up the ante in what Froch terms “the championship rounds”.
The Verdict – Groves by stoppage
The build-up to this bout means we can expect nothing but an all out war and for Groves to come out even faster than he did last time round.
Froch will be prepared for it now but he failed to halt groves for the first six rounds of their first bout so expect Groves to crank it up a notch and go for the early KO.
The longer the fight goes on the more it plays into The Cobra’s hands and Groves will be all too aware of this so we’re tipping a Groves KO victory before the end of the sixth at 6/1!
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
Fancy a flutter? Sign up today to claim up to £50 in free bets.