London - Super-confident challenger George Groves has vowed to knock-out
champion Carl Froch with a left hook on Saturday night at Wembley.
known as the Cobra, defends his IBF and regular WBA super-middleweight
titles against Groves in one of the most eagerly-anticipated rematches
in boxing's recent history.
Nottingham's Froch, 36, won by a controversial ninth round referee's stoppage in Manchester last November.
now Londoner Groves, 26, says he will delight the 80,000-strong crowd
at the national football stadium in the English capital with a
"It'll be the left hook that finishes Carl Froch on Saturday night," Groves said at the final pre-fight press conference.
"Anyone who has watched the media workouts will know we've been working on left hooks and the left hook will work.
Froch, a three-time super-middleweight champion fired back, claiming he had been there and done it all before.
boxing fans know what I'm about. When I turn up in the shape I'm in now
-- you've seen it time and time again against top, top opposition --
I've proved I can perform at the top level," he said.
"I mix it with the elite boxers in the world.
bringing that confidence and that experience with me into this fight on
top of being at absolutely unbelievable shape which will allow me to
perform at my best for the whole duration of the fight if necessary.
"But I'm convinced this fight won't go the distance and that George Groves won't hear the final bell.
"Because I know what I have to do and how I'm going to do it."
Groves has been rolling out the mind games in the build up to this fight, just as he did before their original meeting.
Groves constantly belittled his more illustrious foe and even gave him a
taster of his tactics two days before the fight by claiming he would
hit Froch with two right hands in the first round.
He did more than just that, knocking Froch down for only the second time in his career with a right hook in the first round.
survived that and a torrid start to the fight, including a sixth round
in which he came close to being flattened again, before referee Howard
Foster controversially called the fight off as soon as Groves was in any
trouble from a Froch onslaught in the ninth.
Groves, like most
observers, was adamant the stoppage was premature and went to the
International Boxing Federation to ask that they order a rematch.
got that he has continued his mind games, playing with a Rubik's cube
during one press conference while Froch was talking before making his
"I'm going to go out and perform on Saturday
night and become world champion and do it on the big stage looking very
good doing it," added Groves.
"In boxing you can be the most
talented fighter out there but you need people to watch and I'm
fortunate that I'm in that situation.
"I will arrive on Saturday night; no stone has been left unturned, I'm fully prepared and I just can't wait."