Matthew Macklin dismisses George Groves' hopes of a KO win over Carl Froch
Last Updated: 12/11/13 12:16pm
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Matthew Macklin insists George Groves should forget about becoming the first man to stop Carl Froch on November 23.
The unbeaten Groves will attempt to rip away Froch's WBA and IBF titles in their super-middleweight showdown in Manchester, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
"I don't foresee George Groves knocking him out or stopping him and I cannot for the life of me see him out-boxing him for 12 rounds. I can see him out-boxing him in patches, but 12 rounds is a long time to sustain it"
Groves has 15 knockouts in 19 wins and is predicting a shock stoppage win over his bitter rival, but Froch has shown only brief signs of vulnerability in a battle filled career.
Macklin, one of Britain's top middleweights, has experienced plenty of gruelling bouts himself, and believes Froch will be the last man standing in a fire fight.
When asked about Groves' tactics, he said: "I would assume he is going to move a lot. No-one wants to stand in front of Carl Froch and trade.
"He likes to move anyway and he is a good mover and he can box. Good right hand, good puncher, but Carl's got a very good chin.
"Anyone can be hurt. You are only human at the end of the day, but Carl's anything but fragile. His chin is rock solid, he's only been down once in his career and that was when he got hit by an absolute peach of a punch by Jermain Taylor, who is a banger.
"I don't foresee Groves knocking him out or stopping him and I cannot for the life of me see him out-boxing him for 12 rounds. I can see him out-boxing him in patches, but 12 rounds is a long time to sustain it.
"Carl is going to put a lot of pressure on George Groves and I just think he has got the power to take him out."
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Macklin believes Groves must try to frustrate the 36-year-old champion with his movement, but doubts whether he can keep Froch at bay.
Froch has ruthlessly finished off a number of foes and Macklin expects Groves to become another stoppage victim.
"He can probably give him problems with his movement, he gives some good feints and does a lot of lateral movement, but I just think at some stage Carl's going to track him down and when he does, I think it will be all over," said the Birmingham man.
"He hits hard, he's very heavy-handed. Once he gets you hurt, he's relentless. You hear rumours of Groves getting knocked out in the gym and getting knocked out in the amateurs a couple of times. I don't know how true they are, but if they are true then I think he's in trouble with Carl Froch."