Opinion divided as Carl Froch and George Groves head for showdown

Carl Froch (right) with trainer Robert McCracken
Carl Froch (right) with trainer Robert McCracken

This weekend in London Carl Froch will defend his IBF and WBA World titles against George Groves in a mega-fight in front of 80000 people at Wembley Stadium.

The two meet in a rematch after the controversial end to their first clash when Froch won after Groves was stopped in the ninth round by the referee.

Many believe the referee jumped in too early that nightand now they go to war again at the London venue.

And some of our local boxing experts are divided on who will prevail.

Trainer John Breen - “I believe Groves will stop Froch between rounds six and eight.

“Froch looked shot in the last fight and he has been in so many tough fights over the years. It’s Groves for me.”

IBF and WBC International Silver middleweight title holder Eamonn O’Kane - “I hope Groves knocks Froch out. I just think Groves is the better boxer but Froch will be wary this time around and make it awkward. But I think Groves will prevail.”

Former British Featherweight champion Martin Lindsay - “I have changed my mind several times and will probable change my mind again before Saturday night.

“It’s a really tough one to call but I believe Froch will stop Groves,” he said.

WBO European Super-Flyweight champion Jamie Conlan - “I think Froch will win the fight.

“I thought in the first fight we saw the best of Groves and the worst of Froch - so I am going for Froch this time.”

Belfast heavyweight Martin Rogan - who is in New Zealand ready to take past in Super Eight - “Great fight but I go for Froch. I think Groves had his chance in the first fight and he let it slip. But it should be a great fight in front of a massive crowd.”

Belfast flyweight Luke Wilton - “I fancy Groves to win on points. I think he will box the way he did for the first six rounds of the last fight.

“I feel he couldn’t miss Froch that night so there is no point getting into a slugfest with him as he won’t win that way.”