Wembley Stadium will be the venue for the rematch between Groves and Froch, with promoter Eddie Hearn describing this as the “ultimate” venue
Carl Froch and George Groves served up a humdinger of a fight on 23 November when the former controversially won with a TKO victory in Round 9, despite being knocked down in the first round by a right from his opponent.
Now the pair will resume their rivalry at Wembley Stadium on 31 May after it was announced that England’s national football ground would host a clash between two of the world’s best super-middleweights, with a rematch ordered by the IBF due to an apparent refereeing error.
Groves clearly felt a sense of injustice following the bout which had seen the three scoring judges mark the underdog ahead of Froch before that fateful ninth round, with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing hastily getting another fight arranged which is sure to sell out in a very short space of time.
“When I walked out here the first time I remember ringing Carl Froch and George Groves and saying ‘this is the place’,” Hearn told Sky Sports News.
“We wanted to make a real statement, and ultimately we needed the seats for a fight of this magnitude. To walk out here today with the posters up and around, knowing it will be full of boxing fans on May 31, is a wonderful feeling.
“I think we have got the product, not just in the fight but in the sport itself, to fill stadiums like this. When you get an opportunity to do so, you have to grab it with both hands.
“We were talking with the City Ground, the Millennium Stadium, Old Trafford and the Emirates – all fantastic stadiums but this (Wembley) is the one.
“This is the ultimate, in my opinion – steeped in history – and this is the first fight at the new stadium… and what a fight.
“People talk about ‘is it the biggest fight in British boxing history?’ I believe so.”
Carl Froch claimed that he is going to dish out a “pasting” to his opponent, with the boxer taking part in his first fight at Wembley in 19 years.
“For me to be involved in an event like this is a very proud moment,” he said.
“With it being in the capital city as well, it just makes the whole history of the event phenomenal. It’s fantastic because Wembley Stadium’s massive.
“What’s it going to hold? Potentially 70,000, 80? If we did sell that, that would be phenomenal.
“Talk about making history, to go to a stadium like Wembley for such a big boxing match. Everybody’s interested and it needs to be held at a big stadium really.
“I’m really looking forward to putting on this fight and putting him (Groves) behind me in this fabulous stadium. It doesn’t get any bigger than this for British boxing.
“I’m just so excited that I’m going to give George Groves an absolute pasting in front of such a big crowd.”