'Froch doesn't want rematch'

  • Last Updated: November 24 2013, 11:07 GMT

George Groves doesn't believe that Carl Froch will agree to a rematch following their controversial fight in Manchester.

George Groves: Felt his defeat to Carl Froch was unjust and unfair
George Groves: Felt his defeat to Carl Froch was unjust and unfair

Froch was floored by the challenger in the opening round but retained his WBA and IBF titles after referee Howard Foster hastily stopped the fight in the ninth.

Groves feels he deserves a rematch after an "unfair and unjust" decision but doubts whether Froch will agree to it.

He told Sky Sports News: "Carl sat down at ringside for his post-fight interview and said 'let's have a rematch' but after watching it back, I think he said it just to get a cheer from the crowd.

"He probably doesn't believe he wants a rematch. I deserve one after everything I put up with. It was an unfair and unjust decision and if Carl does decide to box on, his next fight should be a rematch against me.

"It would be the biggest fight for him out there so there's no reason not to have it, apart from the fact he knows that he got more than a lottery ticket on Saturday night. I've got the beating of him."

Groves was pictured with former trainer Adam Booth after the fight, but he played down any hopes of them joining forces again.

"Adam was there with Andy Lee, who boxed on the undercard," said Groves. "Adam and I had a big falling out and it wasn't easy to walk away from because there were contractual issues there.

"Ultimately, he was gutted for me as a friend that I had my dream unjustly taken away from me.

"But I've also had the best training camp possible with Paddy Fitzpatrick and the other guys I've worked with. Right now, I couldn't ask for anything better than what those guys give me.

"There's no way I would change what I had in the build-up to this fight.

"I've known Adam a long time. I respect him and I would like to remain friends with him, but our working relationship is over. It was an emotional night for us all and I think the camera just caught one of the first times I've seen him in 10 weeks.

"Yes, it was sad but we won't be working together."


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