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Carl Froch claims he’s “immune” to George Groves’ pre-fight jibes

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Froch looking to beat Groves for a second time when the pair clash at Wembley on 31 May

Carl Froch was a somewhat fortunate victor when he fought George Groves in November, afterwards claiming that he hadn’t prepared properly for the IBF and WBA bout.

However, Froch claims he won’t make the same mistakes for the re-match later this month and also says that any attempts by Groves to wind him up ahead of Wembley are futile, with the Nottingham man focused on getting the job done.

The pair appeared on Sky Sports on Thursday night to promote the fight, with tickets selling out within minutes as 80,000 fans bagged themselves a seat for what should be a thrilling encounter.

“I’m in a much better place,” said the Nottingham fighter.

“There’s certainly not anything he’s going to say that’s going to wind me up. It’s impossible.

“The hatred started when George was being really disrespectful and playing down my performances and writing me off.

“I thought to myself ‘hang on a minute, I’m world champion. I deserve a little bit more respect.’ But there’s nothing he can say now that is going to get under my skin.”

Froch and Groves actually shook hands on Thursday evening, although Groves thinks that his opponent has ‘insecurities’ that are there to be exposed.

“I said before the first fight that Carl has insecurities, that he seeks reassurance,” said the 26-year-old.

“Ultimately, when I box Carl Froch, whether he’s mentally on his ‘A’ game or whether he falls to pieces, he’s still not going to be quicker than me, he’s still got going to have better movement than me, he’s still not going to have better defence than me. I’m still going to hurt him every time I hit him.

“It doesn’t matter whether he’s on song, whether he does more miles, whether he over-trains, whether he feels good in himself. It makes no difference to the facts of the technical breakdown of each of us. He’s out of his depth and he can’t win.”