Boxing: Froch and Groves agree winter fight

Carl Froch and George Groves

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Carl Froch and George Groves have finally agreed to meet in the ring with the Nottingham fighter set to defend his IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles this winter.

Rumours have recently suggested the pair were set to meet with Groves known to be desperate for the opportunity to become a world champion.

The venue and date for the all-British clash is yet to be decided but early suggestions indicate late November or early December.

Groves was named the mandatory challenger by the IBF after winning the vacant Inter-Continental title with a fifth-round stoppage over Noe Gonzalez Alcoba two months ago.

Froch is at the top of his game after adding the WBA title to his collection when he beat Mikkel Kessler in their rematch in May at the 02 Arena.

Froch admits he would never relinquish his belt and is willing to fight Groves despite the difference in ranking.

He said: “I’m excited the first defence of both my belts is a big domestic clash. I am a proper fighter and a proper champion and I will always face my mandatory challenger rather than vacate the title.

“I’ve known George for a while, I’ve sparred with him and watched him grow and now he’s my mandatory. I will be pouring everything into my preparation for the fight and George will face the very best of me.”

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