Carl Froch, the defending unified WBA (Regular) and IBF super-middleweight champion, defeated George Groves in the ninth round via technical knockout, however the outcome was disputed. Many experts scored the fight 100-90 for Froch, while others had Groves winning by unanimous decision.
The two met on November 23, 2011 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. The match-up was part of the undercard to Carl Hopkins vs Paul Butler. The winner of this fight would be facing off against Hopkins for the vacant WBC Super Middleweight Championship. The main event was also contested at super middleweight with Andrew Jones taking on Luke Campbell for his belt.
In a highly publicized matchup, George Groves tried to regain the WBA (Regular) Super Middleweight Title he lost to Carl Froch in July 2010. The 35 year old British boxer came into the fight as the underdog despite being the more experienced fighter. He also went into the bout without a trainer due to injury issues. His wife Sue was in charge of coaching him during the fight.
Groves started out strong using his power punching style against Froch. The English boxer landed several powerful hooks on Froch's jaw which seemed to hurt his opponent. However, over time it became clear that Froch was dominating the fight.
Ward, Andre Carl Froch was beaten in the final of the Super Six competition by undefeated WBA super-middleweight champion Andre Ward. The battle included the vacant Ring magazine super-middleweight championship, as well as Froch's and Ward's super-middleweight crowns. The fight took place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Froch (40-3-1) had previously defeated George Foreman and James Toney to become one of only three men to beat George Foreman and Mike Tyson. But he came up short against Ward (27-0), who used his experience to defeat Froch by unanimous decision. The judges' scores were 120-108, 119-109, and 118-110.
"I think this is what makes boxing so great; no one ever says anyone else can't win. Anyone can be beaten, even by someone as good as Andre Ward. I've been given a very tough draw for my next fight and I look forward to proving myself against Terry Finney in July," said Froch.
Ward responded, "It's always exciting when two elite fighters meet, and I'm sure we'll both give it our all on July 16."
They met at the end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007, with Ward winning by split decision.
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Carl Martin Froch, MBE (born 2 July 1977) is a former British professional boxer who competed from 2002 to 2014 and has subsequently worked as a Sky Sports boxing analyst and pundit. He held the secondary world title of IBO super-middleweight champion from 2005 to 2006. As an amateur, he represented Great Britain at the 2000 Olympics in the middleweight division.
Froch turned professional in 2002 and was named Boxer of the Year by both The Observer and The Boxing Monthly in 2003 after winning his first 16 fights (all by knockout). His record was now stood at 17-0-1 before he suffered his first defeat by majority decision against George Groves in May 2004. After this fight, Froch decided to move down to super-middleweight and stayed there for three years, winning two titles along with becoming one of the most successful boxers in UK history. In 2007, he returned to middleweight and has since then been active again, with four more wins under his belt. He will be fighting for the second time at the age of 35 in Monaco on 18 November 2014.
He currently works as a boxing analyst for Sky Sports where he covers major events including the Premier League World Boxing Super Series tournaments and the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Groves overcame 34-year-old Noe Gonzalez Alcoba (30-2, 22 KOs) on the undercard of Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler rematch in May at the O2 Arena. As a result, he won the vacant WBA Inter-Continental super middleweight title.
Grove, George Sir George Grove CB (13 August 1820 – 28 May 1900) was an English music writer who founded Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians. Grove was schooled as a civil engineer and was accomplished in that field, but his passion for music led him to work in musical administration.
Froch began 2003 with a knockout victory against Valery Odin, his first fight at the Nottingham Arena, where he would win his first world championship five years later. He then fought three more times that year, finishing 2002 with a record of 1-1-1.
In January 2003, Froch won the WBC super middleweight title after only four months of training. At the time, this was a record for fastest world title win in history. He beat former champion Arthur Abraham by TKO in the ninth round to claim his first world championship.
Froch's first title defense came just over a month later on February 21st at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. He faced George Groves in an attempt to retain his crown. Although he lost the bout, it wasn't due to any lack of effort from him; instead, it was because the fight went the distance of twelve rounds. This is how he earned his first world title shot. After losing to Froch, Groves said he wouldn't mind fighting him again for another chance at winning back his title. This statement made Froch think about having another world title match with him someday.
In November 2003, Froch fought Paul "The Puncher" Holmes for the WBA super middleweight title.