By Ed Baylor: Now that former IBF/WBA/WBC 168lb champion Carl Froch is out of the game, he’s holding no ill will for old nemesis George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs) ahead of his big fight against WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack (19-1-1, 12 KOs) on Showtime pay-per-view on September 12th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Froch, 38, notes that this is the perfect situation for the 27-year-old Groves to capture a world title, considering that he’s facing arguably the weakest of the four super middleweight champions in 31-year-old Badou Jack.
Froch previously defeated Groves twice in scoring knockout wins in 2013 and 2014. Groves trash talked Froch badly before both of those fights, and he seemed to really get the better of Froch in both of those fights. Instead of letting it go and realizing it was just part of the buildup to the fight, Froch was clearly bothered by the things that Groves had said about him. That’s why it’s refreshing that Froch isn’t letting it bother him now.
“I love British boxing. I love boxing. It has given me a fantastic life and has been fantastic to me and my family and we need world champions in Britain. Simple as that,” Froch said to skysports.com. “I hope George Groves wins the world title out in Vegas. There you go, I’ve said it. I want George to become the WBC super-middleweight champion of the world and I also think he can do it.”
I don’t know if Froch’s good will gesture will make any difference in how Groves performs in the fight. If he fights well, he’ll win. If not, he’ll come up short. What Groves has working against him in this fight is his lack of a chin. Groves does not take a good shot, as we saw in his two losses to Froch.
Groves might be fortunate though in that Badou Jack isn’t known to be a big puncher. He’s got some pop in his punches, but he’s not a huge puncher by any means. However, Groves seemed to be bothered by the shots from Christopher Rebrasse last year in him winning a 12 round over him to become the EBU super middleweight champion and the IBF mandatory challenger.
“I could say I don’t care about Groves’ chances, but I do. And I am being completely honest about this,” Froch said. “To have that WBC super-middleweight title back in Britain would be brilliant, regardless of who’s got it. We – and I include me – need that title and titles like that, back.”
It’s too bad that Groves isn’t fighting Andre Ward, the guy that is considered to be the best fighter in the super middleweight division. Ward would likely jump at the chance of fighting a guy like Groves, because it would be a good fight for him. Unfortunately, not too many fighters want to face Ward, and I think that goes for Groves as well.
I don’t think it will matter much even if Groves beats Jack to win the WBC title. Groves will have a hard time trying to hold onto the belt for a long time because there are guys like Lucian Bute, Andre Dirrell, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Gilberto Ramirez who will be gunning for him the moment he picks up the title.
“On top of that I think he (Groves) can do a job on Badou Jack and I think he is good enough – even if I do think he has peaked,” Froch said.