Froch v Groves II: the Rematch Confirmed

Boxing - WBA and IBF Super Middleweight Title - Carl Froch v George Groves - Phones 4u Arena
Boxing - WBA and IBF Super Middleweight Title - Carl Froch v George Groves - Phones 4u Arena

Referee Howard Foster stops the WBA and IBF Super Middleweight Title fight at the Phones 4u Arena, Manchester.

The date for the highly anticipated rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves has been announced as 31 May.

It is rumoured that the showdown will take place at an as-yet unnamed football stadium.

Froch-Groves II is expected to smash box office records for a British fight and is likely to be the biggest rematch in British boxing since Chris Eubank took on Nigel Benn at Old Trafford in 1993.

The record attendance for a post-War fight was Ricky Hatton’s bout with Luan Lazcano, when 55,000 fans packed into the City of Manchester Stadium in 2008.

The announcement comes fewer than 24 hours after IBF president Daryl Peoples told Boxing Scene that the pair have “come to an agreement” and as a result “will not go to purse bids”.

He added: “It is an excellent fight, great for the IBF and the UK, and I understand that there’s been quite a demand for it. They are two top-notch fighters.

“We haven’t been notified of a venue just yet – they’re trying to finalise those details – but I understand that the contracts will be with us soon.”

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn is confident the fight will take place in a football stadium.

He said: “I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself if I took this indoors because you never know what it could have done.”

It ends weeks of speculation that has dominated the headlines in British boxing circles since referee Howard Foster stepped in to end their first fight in the ninth round in November – a decision which hast left Groves fuming.

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