SAN DIEGO, May 31, 2014 – Wembley Stadium in London is the setting for boxing’s “Battle of Britain” today, a big rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves. The size of the stage matches the stakes for this super middleweight contest.
Join our live chat on Communities along with the enthusiastic crowd of 80,000 fans at Wembley as we watch in the U.S. on HBO at 4 p.m. ET. It’s tea time on the East Coast, or happy hour if you prefer.
Whatever your beverage of choice, get it ready and don’t miss this match-up. It has all the elements boxing fans love: two evenly matched, skilled athletes who have something to prove and significant, legitimate tensions between them and their camps. Referee Howard Foster stopped the fight after a ninth round knockdown of Groves. Groves and his supporters were outraged, saying the stop was premature. The controversy set up this rematch.
The fight isn’t expected to be easy for either boxer. Froch (34-2, 23 KOs), 36, admits he took Groves a bit lightly the first time, accounting for the surprising knockdown. Groves (20-1, 15 KOs), the 26-year-old upstart, said it was no fluke, and if the fight hadn’t been stopped too soon he would have beaten Froch.
Froch and Groves have both done a good job getting under each other’s skin before the fight, with their fans egging them on.
It will be a bout pitting the speed and movement of Groves against the tough brawling tactics of Froch. Will youth be served? Or will the tough-minded champion prevail? It will be a close, entertaining contest.
It would be a shame if this fight flew under the U.S. radar because of the early start time and the lack of name recognition. We won’t let that happen.
Also on the HBO broadcast will be a delayed showing of a featherweight bout between Filipino-American Nonito Donaire (32-2-21 KOs) and South African Simpiwe Vetyeka (26-2, 16 KOs) taking place in Macau, China earlier in the day. The “Filipino Flash” was Fighter of the Year in 2012, but lost focus and was defeated by Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux last spring. Donaire admits he needs a good showing to win back his fans and get back on track. Vetyeka is the WBA featherweight champion coming off a victory and will give Donaire a significant challenge.