Robert McCracken confident Carl Froch will show off his superior skills against George Groves

Last Updated: 21/05/14 2:04pm

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Robert McCracken: Has been devising a gameplan for Carl Froch

Robert McCracken: Has been devising a gameplan for Carl Froch

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Robert McCracken believes Carl Froch is a superior boxer to George Groves and expects him to prove his class in the rematch.

The trainer has been busily preparing Froch for his WBA and IBF title defence against Groves on May 31 at Wembley, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

"Everybody can talk and talk. The reality is when the bell goes the fight unfolds the way it does and that's what's brilliant about the sport. But one thing's for sure, Froch is fully focused."
Robert McCracken

In a dramatic start to the first fight, the champion was floored in the opening round and had to withstand more heavy punishment before forcing a stoppage win in the ninth.

McCracken is keen to avoid a repeat, instructing Froch to use his ring skills more in the return bout.

Asked if The Cobra was the better fighter, he told "Without a doubt. He boxed magnificently well against Arthur Abraham and Lucian Bute for example, he boxed really well.

"I think he's going to use a bit of that, but tactically he'll work better to the tactics, where as he was kind of in and out of them.

"He got his jab working early on and then he stopped jabbing, and then let Groves jab and throw right hands at him and not move away from them.

"There's lot of things we'll work on and put right. The main thing is that Carl gets hit less and come the second half of the fight, if the fight is still going on, then obviously Carl gets stronger and stronger as it goes on.

"From our point of view, we've got to shut the gaps in Carl's defence that were there in that last Groves fight."

Froch admits he took Groves lightly ahead of the first fight, with questions being raised about whether the challenger was ready for the world stage.

But McCracken insists the controversial ending of that encounter has filled Froch with fresh desire during a stringent training camp in Sheffield.

"I think we're okay because motivational wise Carl's got everything to go for now, whereas last time we've got everything to lose. Now we've got everything to go for. He feels comfortable," said McCracken.

"Last time I would get the odd call off him: 'What time did you say we are training again?'

"This time Groves has got his full attention, but at the same time a fight's an amazing thing. Everybody can talk and talk, the reality is when the bell goes the fight unfolds the way it does and that's what's brilliant about the sport. But one thing's for sure, Froch is fully focused."

Froch has undergone a number of gruelling battles during his 34-fight career and there were suggestions he showed signs of decline against Groves.

But McCracken dismissed concerns about the 36-year-old and remains certain that Froch will be back to his best on fight night.

"You're only as good as your last fight. Early on Carl wasn't great, we put that down to a lot of things, but we'll found that out for sure on May 31st.

"This is the thing in boxing, nobody ever really knows, but no I don't think so. I think Carl just underestimated him and wasn't fully motivated.

"He gets the chance to put that right and Groves gets the chance to get his rematch. So everybody should be happy and I'm sure it will be an absolutely brilliant fight, but for sure we're confident that Carl will put everything right."

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