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Froch v Groves II

  • FROCH v GROVES II - FIGHT NIGHT LIVE!
    • Froch KOs Groves in eighth round
    • Froch retains IBF & WBA titles
    • 80,000 fans at Wembley
    • James DeGale bt Brandon Gonzales - REPORT
    • Kevin Mitchell bt Ghislain Maduma - REPORT
    • Jamie McDonnell bt Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat - REPORT
    • Anthony Joshua bt Matt Legg - REPORT
    5/30/2014 10:41:59 AM
  • HELLO WEMBLEY! 
    Hello and welcome to our live blog of the Froch v Groves II weigh-in! 

    Around 7,000 fans are expected to cram into Wembley Arena in North West London this afternoon to see the two rivals - plus their talented undercard - take to the scales. 

    Stick with us - or tune into Sky Sports News HD - for updates and live coverage from the weigh-in. 
    5/30/2014 1:16:34 PM
  • FROCH-GROVES WEIGH-IN AT 4pm
    Saturday night's headline fighters will step on the scales at 4pm this afternoon - and go face to face for the final time before meeting again in the ring in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.
    5/30/2014 1:20:01 PM
  • [twitter] Sky Sports News' Fraser Dainton is at the venue 
    5/30/2014 1:23:19 PM
  • MAKING THE WEIGHT 

    I'm sure both guys are there or there abouts. We didn't see any indication that they were struggling. Carl Froch especially is always near the weight, George Groves probably has a couple of pounds to go but you lose that everyday in training, it won't be a problem.
    [jamie-moore] Jamie Moore says neither Froch nor Groves should struggle to hit their 12st mark.
    5/30/2014 1:30:37 PM
  • FIGHT FOCUS
    This is the last necessary thing to be done before the fight, so every fighter looks forward to the weigh-in. Everything else you need to do is done. You can just focus on the fight after this. 

    [jamie-moore] 


    5/30/2014 1:35:55 PM
  • The crowds are building up outside!

    5/30/2014 1:37:19 PM
  • The queues outside Wembley Arena are building as fight fans flock to see the boxers

    5/30/2014 1:38:27 PM
  • FIGHTING TALK
    Yesterday we brought the pre-fight press conference live on Sky Sports News. 

    [microphone]

    5/30/2014 1:40:31 PM
  • You can also follow the weigh-in with Sky Sports News Radio They’re live at Wembley Arena with Spencer Oliver and Jamie Moore casting an expert eye over proceedings.
    5/30/2014 1:48:54 PM
  • COMING UP
    As well as Froch and Groves, the undercard will also be weighing in today. 

    Here's who else is on the bill:
    • Anthony Joshua v Matt Legg
    • Jamie McDonnell v Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat
    • Kevin Mitchell v Ghislain Maduma
    • James DeGale v Brandon Gonzales
    5/30/2014 1:54:11 PM
  • YOUR TWEETS
    [twitter]

    5/30/2014 1:55:31 PM
  • Carl Froch has spoken about the importance of preparation - we'll see just what sort of shape he's in shortly...

    5/30/2014 2:07:23 PM
  • EXPERT OPINION
    Adam Smith is currently chatting to Paulie Malignaggi on stage about Saturday's big fight. 

    Remember, you can get all the expert opinions on skysports.com/frochgroves2

     The great thing about this fight: you could pick it out of the hat, it is so difficult to call.
    [paulie-malignaggi]

    5/30/2014 2:17:42 PM
  • UNDERCARD CALLS
    Our pundits have also been having their say on the undercard. 


    Johnny Nelson reckons James DeGale could have the toughest fight of all the Brits on Saturday. He faces Brandon Gonzales for a chance to fight the winner of Froch v Groves II...

    No-one knows too much about Brandon Gonzales but this is a real trade fighter and it's going to be a proper, proper battle. 
    [johnny-nelson]

    5/30/2014 2:21:23 PM
  • 5/30/2014 2:22:46 PM
  • YOUR TWEETS
    [twitter]
    5/30/2014 2:26:09 PM
  • EXCITEMENT BUILDING
    Not long to go now until the fighters hit the scales. 

    Eddie Hearn is also part of the audience Q & A and is being asked about each fighter's future should they win tomorrow night. The winner will take on the winner of the DeGale fight..but I'm sure they won't be worrying about that right now!
    5/30/2014 2:28:14 PM
  • FIGHTERS ON THEIR WAY...
    That's the Q & A over and done with. Now it's time for the fighters to hit the scales...
    5/30/2014 2:30:09 PM
  • GREAT ATMOSPHERE
    The crowd are making a real noise at Wembley Arena - and Paulia Malignaggi how impressed he's been with the atmosphere...

    It has a Vegas feel to it, this weigh-in. 
    [paulie-malignaggi]
    5/30/2014 2:36:24 PM
  • HERE WE GO...
    The weigh-in is about to get underway...
    5/30/2014 2:36:46 PM
  • FIRST UP...
    Is Matt Legg, who will be taking on Anthony Joshua tomorrow night. 

    The Milton Keynes fighter weighs in at 16st 3lbs 9ozs
    5/30/2014 2:38:31 PM
  • JOSHUA ON THE SCALES
    Joshua looks in phenomenal condition and ways in at 16st 12lbs
    5/30/2014 2:39:41 PM
  • Joshua on the scales

    5/30/2014 2:41:25 PM
  • WATT ON JOSHUA

    He's huge, he's muscular but also athletic. He's also not been caught up in the hype. I think he's a terrific talent.
    [jim-watt]
    5/30/2014 2:42:12 PM
  • MCDONNELL NEXT UP
    The Doncaster fighter is also looking in good shape ahead of his fight with Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat for the vacant WBA bantamweight title. 

    He weighs in at 8st 5lbs 10oz; Rachawat is at: 8st 5lb 1oz
    5/30/2014 2:44:39 PM
  • MITCHELL HITS THE SCALES
    Dagenham boxer Kevin Mitchell takes on Ghislain Maduma on Saturday in a final eliminator for the lightweight title. 

    Maduma weighs in at: 9st 8lbs 12oz; Mitchell at: 9st 8lbs 9oz

    And that's an intense stare from Maduma in the face-off!! 
    5/30/2014 2:48:54 PM
  • YOUR TWEETS
    [twitter]
    5/30/2014 2:53:15 PM
  • DEGALE AND GONZALES ON STAGE
    The main support fight on Saturday will be DeGale v Gonzales - and it should be a great encounter. 

    The Californian is the first on the scales. He was very impressive at the pre-fight press conference and weighs in at 11st 13lbs 8ozs with a smile. 
    5/30/2014 2:54:43 PM
  • DEGALE WEIGHS IN 
    There's a huge cheer for local favourite James DeGale. 

    The Londoner weighs in at 11st 13lbs 7ozs.


    5/30/2014 2:56:24 PM
  • DeGale, happy with his weight, raises his fist to the packed arena

    5/30/2014 2:56:41 PM
  • HERE WE GO!
    That's the undercard done with... now it's time for Froch and Groves!!
    5/30/2014 2:58:38 PM
  • YOUR TWEETS
    [twitter]
    5/30/2014 2:59:41 PM
  • BOOKING INFO
    While we wait for the fighters, here's that all important booking information...

    [ssbo-logo]

    You can book via your remote or online at skysports.com/frochgroves2 and via your telephone by calling 08442 410888 (0818 220 225 from ROI). There may be a £1 booking fee for telephone bookings and please note there is a £5/€5 surcharge for bookings made via the phone from midnight, Friday, May 30 to midnight, Saturday, May 31.


    5/30/2014 3:01:53 PM
  • GEORGE IS ON STAGE
    The challenger steps onto the stage to a huge ovation. The Twickenham man has plenty of fans in Wembley Arena! There's some boos in there too but Groves is looking like a happy, confident man.
    5/30/2014 3:03:20 PM
  • 5/30/2014 3:04:54 PM
  • GROVES WEIGHS IN
    11st 12lbs 4ozs
    5/30/2014 3:05:38 PM
  • FROCH ON STAGE
    No question who has more of the crowd on his side, the world champion receives an enormous cheer! 
    5/30/2014 3:06:16 PM
  • FROCH WEIGHS IN
    11st 13lbs 9ozs
    5/30/2014 3:07:13 PM
  • 5/30/2014 3:08:12 PM
  • FACE-OFF
    Both fighters look in superb shape and now they go nose-to-nose!
    5/30/2014 3:08:53 PM
  • FACE OFF
    Smiles, a few words exchanged a raised fist to the crowd and then another stare with more verbals - both men are up for this!!
    5/30/2014 3:09:58 PM
  • 5/30/2014 3:11:03 PM
  • 5/30/2014 3:11:10 PM
  • Carl shares some thoughts with Groves

    5/30/2014 3:11:20 PM
  • Groves salutes the crowd and soaks in the cheers and jeers

    5/30/2014 3:11:31 PM
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