Carl Froch angered by George Groves' request for a foreign referee

Last Updated: 13/05/14 3:09pm

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Carl Froch: Believes a British referee should oversee the rematch

Carl Froch: Believes a British referee should oversee the rematch

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Carl Froch believes George Groves has harmed the reputation of British boxing officials after demanding a foreign referee for their rematch.

The thrilling first fight between the British rivals was controversially cut short, with referee Howard Foster appearing to step-in too early while Froch attacked his dazed challenger.

Groves complained bitterly about Froch's ninth-round stoppage win, which ensured the Nottingham man retained his WBA and IBF super-middleweight titles.

The Londoner has since called for non-British officials to oversee the rematch at Wembley on May 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

"To say we don't want them officiating what is potentially going to be the biggest fight in British boxing history - it almost makes a mockery of the British Boxing Board of Control."
Carl Froch

This request has angered Froch, who launched a passionate defence of British referees, hailing them as some of the best in boxing.

"I think he's worried because he's complaining that much about the stoppage," said Froch.

"I think he's worried that if gets another British referee, maybe it's going to be Howard Foster's friend. There's been a backlash from his complaint so he's requested not to have British officials.

"Howard Foster is a brilliant referee and we've got some of the best officials in the world, some of the fairest and most educated referees and officials in the world. They will stop the fight if they think someone is going to get hurt.

"I'm not happy about it, saying don't have a British referee, don't have British officials. It's bad for British boxing and I don't think the British Boxing Board of Control are going to be that happy about it. For me it makes no odds, because I genuinely cannot see this fight going 12 rounds.

"It looks like part of the contract is that we don't have British officials and I personally cannot believe it and I'm not happy about it. The British Boxing Board of control do a fantastic job.

"To say we don't want them officiating what is potentially going to be the biggest fight in British boxing history - it almost makes a mockery of the British Boxing Board of Control."

Intelligent

Froch fully admits he lost his cool in the build-up to the fight last November and sought advice from sports psychology experts about how to counter Groves' mind games.

He has even spoken to officials at the English Institute of Sport as he tries to prevent Groves from gaining the psychological edge again.

"I talk to a lot of different people at EIS and people who are very, very intelligent and very well educated in sports psychology. I get a lot of confidence from my experience and my success, success breeds confidence.

"I'm educated to a decent enough level. I did sports science and I've got a degree in that and part of the syllabus was sports psychology.

"I do feel there are techniques that I've got that I will need to use because it's important for the rematch that I don't get emotionally involved. I don't let George Groves get under my skin.

"I couldn't even say his name before. I can say it now without it winding me up.

"I let him get under my skin and it affected my performance in a very negative way. That will not be happening again."

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