Former champion Joe Calzaghe thinks Carl Froch should give George Groves a rematch

Last Updated: 16/12/13 4:00pm

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Joe Calzaghe: Thinks Carl Froch was fortunate to beat George Groves

Joe Calzaghe: Thinks Carl Froch was fortunate to beat George Groves

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Former super-middleweight world champion Joe Calzaghe thinks Carl Froch should give George Groves a rematch following their controversial bout in November.

Referee Howard Foster stopped the contest between the British rivals in the ninth round with Groves backed up on the ropes at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester.

Groves had floored WBA and IBF 168-pound champion Froch in the opening round and was ahead on all three scorecards when Foster stepped in for what many believe was a premature stoppage.

Froch has played down the idea that he has a duty to grant Groves a rematch but Calzaghe, who himself resisted numerous call-outs from the Nottingham fighter, wants to see the two go at it again.

"I thought Carl was fortunate and I think he should give him a rematch," the Welshman said.

"Carl's a strong fighter and we know what he brings to the table but I thought he got schooled in that fight. He was losing it badly and I think as champion it is up to him to give Groves another chance."

Froch insisted he will not be rushed on any future decision and stated his desire for another fight with Andre Ward, who owns the only unavenged loss on the 36-year-old's record.

Froch said: "Everyone could see what was going to happen in that fight (against Groves) and the fact is I have nothing more to prove in a rematch. I was dominating the bout and it was becoming very one-sided.

"I will sit down with my promoter Eddie Hearn and discuss my options. I think I have a maximum of three more fights left in me and I am interested in trying to make a rematch with Ward."

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