The time for talking is almost over as one of the most eagerly-anticipated fights in British boxing history takes place at Wembley Stadium tomorrow night (Saturday). And you can expect plenty of fireworks as Carl Froch and George Groves take to the ring in front of a record 80,000 people, with Froch putting his IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles on the line. Froch won the first fight between the two in controversial circumstances last November, courtesy of a contentious ninth-round stoppage, having been knocked down early on by 26-year-old Londoner Groves in his first world title fight. The 36-year-old Nottingham-man has admitted he probably took Groves too lightly last time, but insists that won't be a problem this time around as he looks to "put the saga to bed" in his own words. Confidence is a key thing in boxing and both fighters are not short on that. In fact, some may consider it arrogance that both are so confident of victory, with Groves describing Froch as "a man on death row", while Froch says this fight will define his career. Froch, who has 32 wins and two defeats from his 34 professional fights, has admitted he will be remembered for the outcome of this fight and he says there is huge pressure to perform. However, while he believes the magnitude of the event could get to his younger opponent, Groves feels Froch's destiny is to lose in what he has dubbed the Cobra's 'day of reckoning'. But who will come out on top in this world title fight, I hear you ask. Well, Froch will start the fight as favourite with the edge in height and reach and the fact that he won the controversial first fight, but Saint George cannot be discounted. He has a powerful punch and Froch knows that all too well, having been floored in the first round last time out. Groves dominated the early rounds of the first fight and only suffered his first defeat when the referee Howard Foster brought a halt to proceedings in the ninth round, prematurely in most people's eyes. As such, Groves petitioned the IBF for a rematch and having been granted his wish, he will be hell bent on trying to claim victory this time around, having described this as "unfinished business". He certainly has the motivation and to topple a three-time world champion would be a feather in his cap, and his record of 19 wins from 20 fights suggests he is capable of upsetting the odds. However, Froch is by no means finished yet, despite being ten years older than Groves. He says age is just a number and there is no doubt that Froch is just as determined as he has ever been, so much so that he believes the fight will not go the distance. And while it is unlikely Froch will have things all his own way in the fight, his experience of the big occasion may just give him the edge in what is sure to be a thrilling fight for the neutrals.
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