George Groves defiant after Froch defeat: 'I will be world champion one day'
Last Updated: 01/06/14 12:43pm
Trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick says George Groves still has a bright future despite his defeat to Carl Froch at Wembley
George Groves has insisted he will return stronger than ever and one day become world champion after defeat to Carl Froch.
The 26-year-old was beaten by a devastating knock-out blow in the eighth round, losing his rematch with the WBA and IBF super-middleweight champion in front 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium.
On one of the most intense nights of British sporting history, Froch stunned the Hammersmith-born challenger with a devastating right-hook match after Groves was on the ascendency.
And Groves, who was aggrieved after his original title fight in Manchester was controversially stopped last November, admitted he had been humbled by the champion.
Split second mistake
"I left the target open and Carl, to his credit, took full advantage of that proved that he got the job done," Groves told Sky Sports.
"I didn't see it coming. I only saw one quick replay of it and I was certainly on the floor, and then I realised it was a full-blooded shot that I took right on the chin. The referee was obviously right to stop it.
"I felt like the fight was in my favour. I was performing very well. I'll have to go and watch it again but it seemed like one of those cliché things in boxing - a split second mistake.
"But I'll come back better, fitter and stronger, and there is no doubt I will be world champion sooner rather than later."