Robert McCracken feels referee was right to stop George Groves

Last Updated: 26/11/13 4:36pm

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Carl Froch trainer Rob McCracken says that the referee had every right to stop the fight.

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Robert McCracken hailed George Groves after his controversial fight with Carl Froch but insisted the referee had no choice but to halt he contest in the ninth round.

McCracken, who combines training Froch with his role as Performance Director of TeamGB Boxing, praised the west Londoner for putting up a spirited fight that many thought was brought to an end prematurely.

But McCracken dismissed suggestions the fight should have continued insisting he finds it hard to see how anybody could criticise Howard Foster for stopping the fight.

"It was a fantastic fight," he said. "I think George Groves fought a fantastic fight but the end result was that Carl was too strong for him and forced the stoppage.

"The fight would never have got to the end of the (ninth) round. I was right close to the ring underneath the ropes and George was gone.

"His eyes were rolling and his legs were gone. There was no threat coming back from him at that point so he basically would have taken unanswered shots and the fight would have been stopped by knockout or the referee diving in.

"But the fight was over for George at that point and I'd be amazed if anybody thinks it wasn't. There was no coming back from that he was gone."


McCracken said he was impressed by Groves' speed and power but felt there was only ever one likely outcome the longer the fight wore on.

"George Groves has pretty much proved himself at this level he's going to be real threat in the future to all of the super-middleweights," McCracken said.

"He fought really well. He's a very good fighter with lots of power and speed. He gave a tremendous showing but we have got to talk reality - he fought his heart out for six rounds before Carl's strength and power and aggression overtook him.

"The reality is he is very very fast and it's very difficult to get out of the way of those right hands early on in a fight but it was always going to be a fight of two halves.

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"Carl was always going to take over in the second half of the fight we felt but what a fight and what a performance from both fighters."

McCracken said Froch is ultimately the one who will control his own destiny and revealed a rematch is a prospect that would appeal to the 36-year-old.

"Carl Froch's career is up to Carl Froch. We'll have a chat and decide what is the best fight for him, but of course it's potentially a super-fight in Britain and possibly the world," he said.

"It's a fight of course we would be very interested in."

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