Carl Froch and George Groves to meet in Sky Sports Box Office rematch
Last Updated: 13/02/14 4:14pm
Carl Froch and George Groves will fight each other again on the 31st of May and it will be live on Sky Box Office.
Froch v Groves II - one of the most eagerly anticipated events in world boxing -will be shown exclusively live on Sky Sports Box Office on Saturday, May 31, 2014.
"It's the fight that everyone is waiting for and it's live only on Sky Sports Box Office.The first bout offered incredible drama and bravery from both men and I'm sure we'll see something similar in May."
Boxing fans around the world called for a rematch the moment the clash between Carl Froch and George Groves last November was stopped in the ninth round and Froch awarded victory by technical knock-out.
Froch will once again defend his WBA and IBF world super-middleweight titles against the young Londoner. Should Groves win, he will become a world champion, take Froch's titles, and propel himself to the forefront of the super-middleweight division.
"I know that George Groves was gone, even the people that thought the referee stopped the fight too early, still agree that the fight was only going one way which was George Groves being flat on his face," Froch said.
"The British public are behind this and this was almost the only fight out there for me to reasonably take. I've given the British public what they wanted for years and years and I won't stop doing it now."
Groves, who sensationally put the champion down in the first round last time, added: "Carl has to fight me now because the fans demand it and because I am mandatory for the IBF title so that's where we are at."
Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports said: "It's the fight that everyone is waiting for and it's live only on Sky Sports Box Office.
"The first bout offered incredible drama and bravery from both men and I'm sure we'll see something similar in May."
The fight forms part of an incredible month of live sport on Sky including the end of the football season, Test cricket F1 Grand Prix, golf and Super League.
Promoter and managing director of Matchroom Sport, Eddie Hearn, said: "Quite simply, I believe this is one of the biggest fights in British boxing history.
"It was one of the most epic and exhilarating fights I have ever witnessed and I'm delighted the public are going to get a chance to see it all again.
"The unanswered questions from the first fight may now be answered. Get ready for a whirlwind of a build-up and an event and fight for the ages - Froch v Groves II is on!"
Sky Sports viewers can follow all the build-up to the event with weekly magazine show Ringside, plus documentary series 'Behind The Ropes' which will provide unique access to both boxers' training camps and will also be available On Demand.
Johnny Nelson says that Froch v Groves II is an exciting bout to look forward to and will be the biggest fight on these shores.
Sky Sports News will bring breaking news from both camps, interviews and analysis from top experts and those close to the fighters. Additional interviews and blogs from our experts including former world cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson plus the Ringside Toe-2-Toe podcast will also be available on skysports.com.
Froch v Groves II is also part of a busy May on Sky Sports that includes live coverage of golf's Players Championship, the final day of the Premier League season, UEFA Champions League Final, Spanish and Monaco Grand Prix, Heineken Cup Final, Super League's Magic Weekend, Sky Bet Championship and League 1 and 2 Play-Offs and Finals, and Scottish Cup Final.
The agreement is the latest in a series of long-term rights announcements made by Sky Sports, strengthening its unrivalled portfolio of live sport across six channels. On Monday Sky announced it had secured a new seven year agreement for live US PGA Tour golf, and last week announced new deals for British & Irish Lions, Super League, WWE, Scottish Football, Cricket New Zealand and speedway.
George Groves will be a guest on tonight's Ringside - Sky Sports 1HD at 6pm