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Froch v Groves II: Carl Froch needs to be better than ever to beat George Groves, says Jim Watt

Jim Watt - Jim Watt Posted 15th May 2014 view comments

Carl Froch will never be as bad as he was in the first meeting with George Groves.

He will be physically ready and, more importantly, mentally ready. He knows this is going to be a tough battle and he has to be 100 per cent to hang on to his belts.

Last time he completely dismissed George Groves before and during the fight - and that is one thing that has changed, I am sure.

Carl Froch: needs to be at his very best this time, warns Jim

Carl Froch: needs to be at his very best this time, warns Jim

He kept telling us the kid wasn't good enough to be in the same ring as him. I am sure Rob McCracken got him in the best physical shape but he can't have got Froch's head in the right place.

As we all know, that was courting disaster but we are going to get a completely different Froch on May 31. I have no doubt at all.

Carl Froch knows he cannot afford to let a British fighter beat him. He is not the best in the world; Ward has proved that and he can live with that - but he could not accept losing to Groves. He is worried about his legacy and that will take a sever dent if it goes wrong at Wembley.

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I think we will see the explosive fighter we saw almost two years against Lucien Bute. Before that fight, Froch had lost to Andre Ward, so he was the underdog and he treated it like his career was on the line.

He might not be the underdog other than in the popularity stakes this time around but I think the return with Groves is even more important than that five-round beating of Bute in Nottingham in 2012.

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Froch knows he cannot afford to let a British fighter beat him. He is not the best in the world; Ward has proved that and he can live with that - but he could not accept losing to Groves.

He is worried about his legacy and that will take a severe dent if it goes wrong at Wembley.

We all know he has been in some real wars against some of the biggest names, but I think this is the most important fight of Carl Froch's career.

He is not going to improve technically and he has made the same mistakes throughout his career: holding his left hand far too low and pulling his head back from punches with the chin too high. We used to comment on them but he was doing this and still beating some of the best in the world.

But George Groves has the speed and the power to exploit those weaknesses. That danger is always going to be there at Wembley but I think Froch will be switched on and I do think he is under-estimated when it comes to his technique.

We always talk about his toughness, his physical strength and his mistakes but he has an awkward style and will be firing on all cylinders this time, which he wasn't even close to before.

Carl Froch is going to be an awful lot better than he was in the first fight. And he needs to be...

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