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Froch v Groves II: Jim Watt is impressed by Carl Froch but wonders why George Groves had changed

Boxing - Jim Watt Posted 1st June 2014 view comments

Last night we saw a different Carl Froch and one we fully expected. But there was also a different George Groves which we didn't quite expect.

Because he had so much success with the tactics he employed in the first fight, I thought the challenger would use a very similar, not identical, approach at Wembley.

We didn't see the same explosive Froch who blew Lucien Bute away when his career was on the line and that didn't surprise me, but the concentration was there.

That is what he was seriously lacking last time. The attitude and concentration this time were spot-on and everything he did, he thought about. He knew what he was doing.

Carl Froch: took the initiative away from Groves from the start, says Jim

Carl Froch: took the initiative away from Groves from the start, says Jim

If I am honest I think he was expecting a more adventurous Groves, but he was on the back foot from the start. I said before the fight he needed to have a 12-round game-plan in place because if you want to beat Carl Froch you have to go the distance.

In his defence maybe Groves was thinking of the late rounds because I thought he would take the fight to Froch from the off, but he didn't.

Initiative

He was cagey, he was standing off and the jab is one of Carl Froch's biggest weapons but he didn't take it away from him this time.

Groves did most of his work on the back-foot and won a couple of rounds but I never felt he had the initiative. I always felt that Froch, coming forward, taking the centre of the ring, was in control and had the last word in most of the exchanged.

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In fact this time it was his jab that was causing the awkwardness and Groves never dealt with it, it gave Froch a base to work from and I thought he worked really well.

They tell me one of the judges had Groves in front but I dont agree with that and some people had it to Froch very closely, but I had it quite comfortably, three points up. And even in those close rounds, I still liked what he did better than what was coming back.

Groves did most of his work on the back-foot and won a couple of rounds but I never felt he had the initiative. I always felt that Froch, coming forward, taking the centre of the ring, was in control and had the last word in most of the exchanged.

Maybe he just didn't let Groves implement his plan and it was a simple case of whatever he tries, know that he is fully-focused again like the Carl Froch we know, he just wasn't going to stand for it.

I was really impressed with him, I really was.

Exchanged

A lot of people and plenty of knowledgeable people in the sport, thought Groves would win but the reason I wouldn't have put my house on it because the last time he threw everything at him for six or seven rounds but then in the ninth Froch took it all away from him with one punch. One punch. And he did it again.

George is a young man and has just signed with Sauerland so he will be back, but I suppose we have to ask what will he change. He is failed twice at the top level, against the same guy, so I think he's got to be more defensive.

That punch would've knocked anyone out but he has shown vulnerability and he needs to work on his defence. But he is a terrific talent, he's got speed, he's got power and he's got ability and there is a huge future for him.

As for Carl Froch, it is already the topic of conversation, but I would like to see him fight in Vegas. British fans love him and American fans love him, so he will be a huge hit.

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