Robert McCracken says George Groves was 'gutted' after Carl Froch beat Lucian Bute
Last Updated: 19/11/13 4:21pm
McCracken - Bad blood not down to Froch
Carl Froch's trainer insists George Groves fuelled the rivalry between the fighters when he appeared 'gutted' after the Cobra's win over Lucian Bute.
There has been plenty of ill-feeling between Froch and Groves ahead of their world title clash on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Much of the bad blood stems from a sparring session in which Froch is thought to have floored his younger rival.
But Robert McCracken, Froch's trainer, has revealed that the rift was worsened in the aftermath of the win over Bute last May.
Froch sparked wild scenes of celebration by halting Bute in the fifth-round in Nottingham, but McCracken has suggested that Groves was far from happy with his countryman's impressive victory.
Reflecting on the bitter rivalry, he told Sky Sports News: "It doesn't come from Carl, it comes from a couple of things. A sparring incident three years ago and obviously that's been well documented.
"That wasn't intentional, it just happens in sparring. Things like that happen all the time.
"But also when Carl beat Bute, Groves looked devastated and that was a pretty poor show considering Carl was a British fighter, fighting an international big star, who was expected to beat Carl.
"He was a huge name at the time Bute and Groves was gutted ringside. His face showed it all and I remember Carl pointing it out to me in the ring. Adam Booth his trainer looked delighted for Carl, but Groves looked absolutely sick that Carl had won. I thought that was a poor show.
"There is a bit of bad blood there and then you add to that all of Groves' comments. But like I said, none of it has come from Carl, none of it."