Nigel Benn backing George Groves to beat Carl Froch at Wembley
Former world champion Nigel Benn has backed George Groves to beat Carl Froch in their super-middleweight clash.
Last Updated: 30/05/14 1:45pm
Benn, who won the world crown in two weight divisions, also feels the first fight should not have been stopped and that Groves won over the crucial support of the British fans with his performance.
The bout in Manchester was controversially stopped in the ninth round by referee Howard Foster Jr after Groves had floored IBF and WBA super-middleweight champion Froch with a right hand in the first.
"I believe George Groves has the tools to beat him," Benn told Sky Sports News. "It (the stoppage) was so premature. Back in my heyday I'd have thumped the referee because there was no way that fight should have been stopped.
"He looked at the referee to say 'what are you doing?' because that was one of the only shots that Carl really got in.
"I got George's number from my brother so I called him because I wanted to tell him that he did really well. He was booed when he went in and everyone was cheering for him afterwards.
"Because he put up such a good fight the British public just switched. Carl should have said well done after the fight and it will be interesting to see if he gets booed or cheered this time.
"You've got to have the British public behind you because they're the best crowd in the world and if George has got them behind him, that will encourage him more. That will affect you."
Benn believes the emphasis will be on Froch to make the necessary changes to his tactics against Groves, who he feels should be encouraged by his performance in the first bout and does not need to alter his approach.
"Carl has had a good run and I know he's been changing his style but it's hard to change style quickly for one fight," he said.
"Carl is a fighter, he's going to want to go in there and fight but he got caught with a couple of right hands and that was impressive.
"George hasn't got any fear. That was his first world title fight and he went out there like the champion. He's going to give him a hard fight unless Carl catches him early.
"What George did in the first fight, he will do better in this one so the game plan is all on Carl. I didn't know he was as good as he was.
"Carl doesn't like movement. He wants someone to stand in front of him and have a tear-up and I don't think George will do that, he's going to use his head."
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