Controversial Froch vs. Groves Results:
Saturday in Manchester, British super middleweights took center stage as Carl Froch looked to defend his titles against unbeaten challenger George Groves. Groves came out strong, and Froch rallied back, but it was the referee who defined the fight, pulling the plug on the bout in the 9th with an awful stoppage, giving Froch the controversial victory.
Take a look at the Froch vs. Groves results below to see how it all went down.
The unbeaten, untested Groves came into the fight extremely confident. He said he’d hit Froch in the first round with big right hands, and he did.
He sent Froch down in the first round with a shocking knockdown, with a perfectly timed and placed right hand, and with just a few seconds left in the stanza, Froch was badly hurt. He survived the round and then bided his time in the second round, still on shaky legs.
Groves utilized those long arms and his superior speed and slickness to control much of the fight. He was landing crisper, cleaner shots, and dictating the action.
Froch was able to win a few rounds sprinkled throughout the first half of the fight, but by and large, it was Groves. Froch was winging ugly bombs while Groves was doing the more effective and consistent work. But Groves definitely began to tire, and that allowed Froch to get himself back into the fight, and begin to land some of his big shots.
In the 9th, Groves landed a few big shots as the two men were trading, but then Froch took control of the exchanges and had Groves badly hurt, and holding on. The two men were separated and Froch began unloading.
Then, suddenly, the referee jumped in and waved off the action. The stoppage was absolutely unwarranted, unexpected and unnecessary. Groves was hurt but wasn’t taking severe punishment, it hadn’t been for an extended or prolonged period, and Groves was never given a chance to recover. It mars what had been an exciting fight, and a great performance from Groves throughout the early going.
The judges had the fight scored 78-73, 76-75 and 76-75 for Groves at the time of the stoppage. ProBoxing-Fans.com had it 77-74 for Groves through Round 8.
In the co-featured fight of the evening, Scott Quigg made quick work of Diego Silva, stopping him in the 2nd round of their bout. Quigg now is looking for a match against one of the big names in the division, although he and his team said they’re not seeking out Carl Frampton after he previously turned down a match.
Andy Lee, Rocky Fielding, Stephen Smith, Anthony Crolla and Luke Campbell were all victorious as well in the busy undercard.
Stay tuned for more updates, aftermath and analysis from the controversial Froch vs. Groves results.