Amir Khan tips Carl Froch to beat George Groves
AMIR Khan is tipping Carl Froch to beat George Groves tomorrow night.
The Bolton boxer says he respects both fighters but is tipping the experienced Froch to edge the much-anticipated super middleweight rematch at Wembley.
Despite having his own disagreements with WBA and IBF world title holder Froch in the past, Khan believes the Nottingham boxer will be able to fend off the tough challenge of Groves.
But the 27-year-old former unified world champion does not think there will be much to choose between tomorrow night’s opponents after witnessing their epic first meeting in Manchester in November.
Khan said: “It will be a good fight.
“I know me and Froch are not the best of friends – I have never had a beef with Froch or said bad words about him, but he has with me.
“But I respect both fighters and am a boxing fan.
“I was on the edge of my seat watching the first one.
“It’s a good fight for both fighters – they will make a lot of money.
“It is good for boxing in Britain.
“It builds it up a bit and gets that hype back again.
“I thought Groves, as the underdog, would win the first fight but this time it is 50-50, though I think Froch may just edge it.
“He is taking it very seriously this time.
“He talked a lot of rubbish before the first fight and got involved in the mind games whereas this time he hasn’t.
“His experience may just help him out.”
Froch hit the canvas in round one of the first meeting and eventually triumphed following a controversial ninth-round stoppage.
Khan thinks that stoppage came too early.
And he was impressed with Groves’ display on the night.
He added: “He (Groves) is a good all-round fighter and very technical.
“He doesn’t look like he has the punch power but I was quite surprised when he knocked Froch down in the last fight.
“Froch will be over that knockdown.
“As a fighter you do get over that quickly – it has never affected me.
“I always go into a fight knowing things can go wrong but that I can come back from it.
“We are in the toughest sport in the world where one mistake can see you knocked out.
“It doesn’t make you a bad fighter and Froch got up and went on to win.
“Even so, It shouldn’t have been stopped for me – especially having two world titles on the line.
“The referee is only wanting to do the best for the fighter and making sure he doesn’t get hurt but I think he jumped in too soon.
“I am glad Groves got a rematch to prove what might happen if the fight would have carried on.”