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IBF and WBA super-middleweight champion Carl Froch admits he is out to punish his former sparring partner George Groves when the pair meet in Manchester on November 23.
The 36-year-old is the favourite to retain his belts against Groves who will arguably face his toughest opponent to date.
Froch’s defence in November will be his 11th consecutive world title fight as he continues to rise in boxing’s world elite. The Nottingham-based fighter has lost just twice in his career but the crowd-favourite insists he feels good.
Froch is confident he has the skills to silence Groves, after claiming he is in his prime.
‘The Cobra’ said: “I’m the one with nothing to prove. I’ve done it all. I’m world champion and have beaten the best of the best. I’ve been in with the elite fighters. My fighting speaks for itself.
“George Groves has talked a lot. He’s talked me down and given me a load of rubbish. He needs to now back it up. I’m going to take great pleasure in beating him.”
“I know that fight time is coming soon. I’m in great shape. I know when I jump on the scales, with the sparring, the aches and pains and the stage of my training camp that we’re getting close.
“The minute I don’t feel great and can’t do what I need to do to box for potentially 12 rounds – that’s when I’ll retire. While I’m still enjoying it and able to do it, I’ll continue to do it.
“I still feel physically great. At 36 years old, some people are past their best and in and out of prime condition, but I’m very much in my prime at this age.”