Carl Froch says he will fight George Groves again if his trainer and agent agree to it
Carl Froch says he will only offer George Groves a rematch if both his trainer and promoter agree to it.
Last Updated: 26/11/13 4:33pm
Froch bounced back from a first-round knockdown to stop Groves in the ninth and retain his IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles.
Referee Howard Foster was roundly criticised for stopping the fight too early, which has led to calls for a rematch, but Froch says that decision is not down to him.
Froch told Sky Sports News: "I'm happy to honour the crowd, fans and George Groves with a rematch, if my trainer and promoter both agree.
"I don't swerve or duck anybody. If George wants a rematch and it makes sense, then of course we'll get it on. It's not my decision."
Froch admitted he was surprised by Groves' strong start to the bout but battled back to stop his tiring opponent in the ninth round.
"I had a slow start and got caught clean on the jaw with a very good right hand, and got flattened on the seat of my pants," said Froch.
"I was supposed to flatten George Groves in round one but got flattened myself, and I'm man enough to admit it.
"But like Rocky Balboa said, it's not about how many times you get flattened, it's how many times you come back from it.
"I got off the floor, carried on fighting and forced a stoppage in round nine. I turned the fight around and defended my title in style.
"I challenge any man to take that right hand off George Groves, get up and fight the way I did. It takes a lot of heart, guts, fitness and strength to do that."
Froch now intends to take a break from boxing and says any decision on his next fight won't be made until the New Year.
"It's been a very busy year for me and I've not had any time at home with my beautiful family," he said.
"I'm going to spend some quality time with them, get Christmas out of the way, and see what the New Year brings."