Michael Rosenthal

Carl Froch scores controversial knockout of George Groves

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Carl Froch celebrates after the referee controversially stopped his IBF super middleweight title defense against George Groves in the ninth round of what was a heated fight at Phones4u Arena on Nov. 23 in Manchester, England.

 

Carl Froch scored a controversial knockout of George Groves at 1:33 of the ninth round to retain his IBF super middleweight title Saturday in Manchester, England.

altGroves (19-1, 15 knockouts) had taken some hard punches but had not endured sustained punishment at the time referee Howard John Foster inexpicably stopped the fight, stunning many in the boxing world.

Groves had fought brilliantly and led on all three cards – 78-73, 76-75 and 76-75 – at the time of the stoppage. He put Froch (32-2, 22 KOs) down with a hard right in the first round and buzzed him several times thereafter, mostly with right hands that Froch couldn’t see coming.

It was Froch’s third successful defense of the IBF title he won by stopping Lucian Bute in May of last year.

Froch has won three consecutive fights since he was outpointed by Andre Ward in the final of the Super Six tournament in 2011.

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