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Froch v Groves II: Carl Froch hints at 'one-sided whooping' on Saturday night

Last Updated: 30/05/14 6:30pm

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Footage from a highly charged weigh-in between Carl Froch and George Groves at Wembley Arena.

Carl Froch has suggested he is capable of dishing out a 'one-sided whooping' when he faces George Groves in their rematch at Wembley on Saturday night.

The veteran 36-year-old looked in fantastic shape as he weighed in at 11st 13lbs 9oz at a raucous Wembley Arena on Friday - and reiterated the improvement in his conditioning since the first fight, when he was forced to climb off the canvas to snatch a ninth-round stoppage.

'The Cobra' told Sky Sports News of the Manchester bout: "That was me at my worst and Groves fought out of his skin. He turned up, gave it everything and had that element of fear.

"Now he's confident he's put himself under so much pressure and I'm physically at my best so you're going to see, potentially, a one-sided whooping.

"I feel very good. The preparations have gone perfectly. I ate very well last night and am fully hydrated. The weight's never an issue but preparation's gone better than it usually does.

"I've stayed away from home and I've stayed in Sheffield. That's enabled me to just focus solely on fitness. Everything you need to get in great shape.

"This weigh-in is bigger than most fights and 80,000 at Wembley is going to be unbelievable. There were a few people booing and that's great because it adds to the atmosphere and the tension. Most of my crowd will be there tomorrow and there'll be give and take from both sides.

'Tunnel vision'

"What matters is what happens in that boxing ring, not what happens outside it. I'm just focusing with tunnel vision on what I have to do inside those four corners. I've got my gameplan. Last time I got side-tracked and I wasn't at the races. This time, you're going to see me at my best.

As the two fighters went face-to-face on the platform, Froch whispered some words towards his opponent, who did not appear to respond.

"If you want a prediction, I can't see George Groves going the distance with me."
Carl Froch

The Nottingham man refused to reveal what was said, but is confident he will clear up any controversy with a stoppage win this weekend.

"George didn't say much (during the final face-off). I can't remember what I said to him. Nothing too significant. He didn't talk," he said.

"I've heard a lot of one round predictions, three round predictions and six round predictions. I don't know what to listen to!

"If you want a prediction, I can't see George Groves going the distance with me. Not purely because of his lack of fitness and the question marks of whether he's tough enough, although he proved he wasn't fit or tough enough in his last fight because he had a great start and couldn't finish the job.

"I couldn't have been any worse. I won't make excuses. He hit me with a great shot in round one and it was hard work. It's hard to get up and get your mind back on it and your body back on it and get back in the driving seat."

On the tactics he expects 26-year-old Groves to employ, Froch added: "I think he's going to move and box and run. All I know is I'm turning up in my best possible shape and I'm just going to leave it all in the ring. I'm looking forward to it."

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