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Froch v Groves II: George Groves brands Carl Froch a liar after weigh-in for rematch

Last Updated: 30/05/14 6:29pm

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

George Groves branded IBF and WBA champion Carl Froch 'a liar' at the weigh-in for Saturday's super-middleweight rematch at Wembley.

The Londoner was well received by a raucous crowd at a packed Wembley Arena before 36-year-old Froch entered to a more mixed reception - and despite grinning in silence throughout the final stare-off, Groves renewed the verbal hostilities during his subsequent interview.

Froch suggested he overlooked his rival before the first fight, but has locked himself away at a training camp in Sheffield for the rematch.

Groves poured scorn on the 'Cobra's' claims that he is fitter than ever, pointing to how his opponent said the same six months ago.

"I'd beat Carl every night of the week and it doesn't better if it's the best Carl Froch or the worst Carl Froch," he told Sky Sports News.

"Go back and watch this time before the first fight - he said he was in perfect condition and was hitting all his targets. Either he was lying then or he was lying now. Carl's a liar. Simple as that.

"He's used the excuse in the first fight saying he wasn't ready. If he's ready this time, it doesn't make a difference. We can go all night long - this fight is going to get worse and worse for him. I don't think he's going to get past three rounds. Paddy says five, maybe six. If we need to go 12, we can.

"The belt should be mine. Carl's had them on loan for six months. They're in London now and I'm not letting them leave."

Hostile

A crowd of around 80,000 will fill the national stadium and Groves has warned the Nottingham man to expect an even more hostile reception.

"Everyone was going to wonder what the split was going to be on fight night," said the Londoner.

"I'd beat Carl every night of the week and it doesn't better if it's the best Carl Froch or the worst Carl Froch."
George Groves

"They thought it was going to be 50-50 but on the basis of this, it might be a bit more one-sided."

Groves was well inside the limit at 11st 12lbs 4oz, prompting suggestions that he might have overdone his training.

But 'The Saint', who has worked with a fitness coach, insists his preparations were perfectly timed and had no concerns about the later weigh-in time.

"I've done the weight comfortably. We wanted to moan about the 4pm weigh-in time just for the sake of moaning," he said. "I've been 12st 4lbs for the last two weeks. For me that's nothing. I was 2lbs light with a set of headphones on!

"I feel perfect. Mind body and soul. I'm in the place, I'm in the zone. I couldn't be more ready.

"I said nothing. Carl needed something today. I'm not sure what. He was talking and talking saying I looked leaner and tight at the weight. I said six months ago he needs reassurance and he can't find it. He's gone."

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