Carl Froch had his last bout, and his infamous catchphrase was born on this day in 2014
Did you know that Carl Froch knocked George Groves out infront of 80,000 people at Wembley Stadium? He never really mentioned it did he? Jokes aside, eight years ago today Carl Froch landed the last punch of hs career which knocked out George Groves.
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This was one of the most hotly anticipated rematches in recent times, as Groves was handed his first career loss in the first meeting in very controversial fashion. In the first fight, Groves dropped Froch hard in the first round, however, Froch got back into the bout, and in round nine, referee Howard Foster stepped in to stop the bout after Froch landed a solid flurry of punches, leading to Groves being stopped, sparking fury from his team.
If a fight ever warranted a rematch, it was this one. It was confirmed to be the first fight to take place at the new Wembley Stadium, hosting 80,000 fans. The fight was a sell out as the fierce rivalry between these two needed a definitive answer.
Froch walked out with his IBF and WBA titles, it's worth noting that this fight didn't even need world titles to sell, these two had a hatred for each other that had captured a nation. Groves came out in a rather extravagant way, as he entered on top of an open top bus.
The rematch didn't instantly catch fire like the first, with the two producing some close rounds, making sure they don't fall into traps like they did in the first bout.
However, it was in round eight when Froch spotted an opening, as he had eyes on a gap Groves had left in his defence. Froch capitalised and detonated a monstrous right hand which landed clean, sending Groves down to the canvas in dramatic fashion. The bout was waived off immediately, as Groves could not continue.
Froch had retained his world titles, and had put a full stop on his rivalry with Groves. Following the bout, Froch retired from boxing, citing this victory as the perfect way to go out.
The undercard was stacked with competitive fights, as it saw James DeGale punch his ticket to a world title bout as he stopped the previously undefeated Brandon Gonzales in four rounds. Kevin Mitchell picked up a big stoppage victory as he stopped Ghislain Maduma in 11 rounds on his quest for a world title shot.
Jamie McDonnell became world champion again as he won the vacant WBA bantamweight title by knocking Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat out in the tenth round. Anthony Joshua continued his meteoric rise up the heavyweight ranks, as he stopped Matt Legg in the first. Martin Ward was unlucky on the big stage, as a first round clash of heads ruled his bout with Ian Bailey a technical draw.
Finally, Gamal Yafai built on his debut victory, as he stopped Jack Heath in one round under the Wembley Arch.