IBF/WBA super middleweight titleholder Carl Froch and challenger George Groves weighed 167.9 pounds and 166.4, respectively, in advance of Saturday's rematch of their previous bout when Froch had to rise from a first-round knockdown to secure a disputed ninth-round stoppage in Manchester, England.
Since their last meeting in November, Groves (19-1, 15 knockouts) turned 26 in March and has vowed to win the bout at Wembley Arena in London "in three rounds" against Froch (32-2, 23 KOs), who turns 37 in July.
Since falling to RING super middleweight champion Andre Ward by unanimous decision in their December 2011 bout for the RING, WBA and WBC belts, Froch has won four straight fights, three by knockout.
THE RING’s number one-rated 168-pounder, Froch first faced Groves after having earned a unanimous decision over ex-beltholder Mikkel Kessler last May in a rematch of their April 2010 bout in which Kessler unanimously decisioned Froch as part of Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic.
Prior to facing Kessler, Froch had earned consecutive stoppage victories over Philadelphia’s Yusaf Mack in the third round and previously unbeaten IBF beltholder Lucian Bute in the fifth in May and November of 2012, respectively.
On the Froch-Kessler II undercard, Groves scored his third straight stoppage victory in the fifth round over Noe Gonzalez, ending his winning streak of two consecutive first round knockouts.