Editor's Note: Super middleweight contender George Groves believes, without question, that he was the recipient of a raw deal when referee Howard Foster called a halt to his bout against unified titlist Carl Froch in November.
Groves (19-5, 15 KOs), who had floored Froch in Round 1 and was leading on the scorecards when Foster waved it off at 1:33 of Round 9, will get a second chance when he seeks retribution in Saturday's rematch (HBO, 4 p.m. ET/PT) at Wembley Stadium in London.
Froch (32-2, 23 KOs), who unified titles by defeating Mikkel Kessler in their 2013 rematch, will look to prove that he hasn't lost a step at age 36. Meanwhile, the 26-year-old Groves will attempt to repeat the success he had early against his veteran opponent.
Discuss the first fight against Carl Froch and what can fans expect to see in the rematch.
"'Everything for a reason' has been my mantra throughout this training camp, and I strongly believe in its message. Everything I have done during preparation, whether in the gym or at press conferences, has been for a reason. Every punch I throw on May 31 will be for a very specific reason. And the fight itself is happening and was mandated by the IBF for a very good reason.
"Anybody who saw our first fight will know why the rematch is happening. Only the referee, Howard Foster, believed the stoppage was correct. Even Carl Froch, the beneficiary of the stoppage, eventually agreed with the consensus opinion that it was wrong. Most importantly, though, the IBF deemed it unfair, and that's why we're getting ready to do it all over again.
"This time round there will be no controversy and no need to argue. Carl Froch has been forced to take a fight he didn't want, and on May 31, we will all see why he was so keen to pursue so-called other options rather than face me again. He will realize what happened in our first fight wasn't a fluke, nor was it due to him simply overlooking me or taking me lightly. Instead, he will realize what happened the first time round owed more to the fact I am a far superior fighter -- quicker with my hands, feet and brain, more mobile, stronger inside, and the heavier puncher with one shot.
"There is nothing he can take from the first fight to give him confidence or hope going into this rematch. He can't improve aspects of his game that have been broken or nonexistent since day one. Sure, he can train harder and focus more, but how will that erase his many technical deficiencies and flaws? Remember, he's 36 years of age, 10 years my senior, and I'm the one with room to improve. He has had his time, he has won his world titles, and he has taken hard punches from some of the best super middleweights in the world.
"Well, on May 31 at Wembley Stadium, I'll happily dish out some more. And if he expects me to perform the way I did last time we met, he's sorely mistaken. Unlike Froch, I can and have improved. This time I'm leaving absolutely nothing to chance."