If super middleweight contender George Groves gets the rematch he so badly wants with titleholder Carl Froch, he isn't going to get the kind of split of the money he had hoped for.
Last week, the IBF ordered a rematch of Froch's highly controversial ninth-round knockout against Groves on Nov. 23.
Although Froch is considering whether to fight his British countryman Groves again or dump one of his two belts and pursue a summer pay-per-view showdown with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in the United States (provided Chavez beats Brian Vera in their March 1 rematch), he did get some good news on Thursday in the event he elects to pursue the Groves rematch.
If a deal can't be struck between the camps, the fight will go to a purse bid. Typically, if an IBF mandatory fight involves a reigning titleholder and a challenger who ranks third or lower in the organization's rankings, the split of the winning bid is 85 percent to the titleholder and 15 percent to the challenger. Groves is rated sixth by the organization.
Given the controversial nature of the November fight and the enormous revenue a rematch would surely generate, Groves argued to the IBF that the split should be 75-25 for the rematch. Froch's side argued that the split should remain 85-15.
On Thursday, the IBF announced that its board of directors reviewed the arguments from both sides and voted unanimously to maintain the 85-15 split.
Froch (32-2, 23 KOs), 36, who had been knocked down in the first round, was trailing on all three scorecards when he hurt Groves (19-1, 15 KOs), 25, in the ninth round. But Groves was firing back and hadn't been knocked down when suddenly referee Howard John Foster shockingly stopped the fight, causing an uproar. Even many of Froch's own fans criticized the stoppage, viewed by many as one of the worst in recent years.