Ricky Hatton is backing Carl Froch to beat George Groves but feels it will be very close

Last Updated: 18/11/13 1:47pm

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Ricky Hatton: Is predicting that Froch v Groves will be a close contest

Ricky Hatton: Is predicting that Froch v Groves will be a close contest

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Ricky Hatton believes the super middleweight showdown between Carl Froch and George Groves will be a lot closer than many predict.

Hatton is backing odds-on Froch to retain his WBA and IBF titles at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on Saturday night, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

However, former two-weight world champion Hatton says he would not be surprised if Groves upsets the odds.

Groves proved the bookies wrong two years ago when he handed bitter rival James DeGale's his first professional defeat to claim the British title.

"It will make for a fantastic fight - and one that I think will be a lot closer than a lot of people might think," Hatton told the MEN.

"Groves is jumping up another couple of levels, but he has the tools to beat Froch.

Intelligent

"If you stand and fight with Froch you will come off second best - but if you show speed and movement, like Andre Ward did, it's a different story. Groves is a very clever, intelligent man. He showed that against James DeGale.

"No one gave him a chance in that fight and he came out on top.

"He's got the style and ammunition and I think he's got under Froch's skin a bit.

"I'm still backing Froch to win - but I say that without a massive degree of confidence. I wouldn't be surprised if Groves caused an upset."

Watch Carl Froch v George Groves live on Sky Sports Box Office, November 23. Go to www.skysports.com/frochgroves for full details...

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