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Froch v Groves II

  • 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
  • McDONNELL V NA RACHAWAT - ROUND NINE [round-9]
    The Thai fighter has his heads through the ropes early on as McDonnell slips his assault and the Doncaster man is working well behind his jab once more, landing a succession of stiff left shots to hault his opponent's relentless pressing. Na Rachawat again comes in close but McDonnell lands a right to the head and a left around the side either side of receiving a left to the body. He's having some success up close too. 

    5/31/2014 6:31:07 PM
  • Na Rachawat is still full of energy...

    5/31/2014 6:34:21 PM
  • McDONNELL V NA RACHAWAT - ROUND TEN [round-10]
    McDonnel dips under a jumping left from Na Rachawat and then wins an exchange in the centre of the ring with a left getting through. McDonnell stumbles during another close-range combat, but the Brit is ok. KNOCKDOWN! A superb left hook from McDonnell sends Na Rachawat to the canvas! The Thai's legs turned to jelly. 
    5/31/2014 6:34:35 PM
  • McDONNELL WINS THE WORLD TITLE!
    Na Rachawat was working in close again but McDonnell caught him with a left right on the chin. A stunning finish and there was no way he was beating the count! What a way to do it! [ko]
    5/31/2014 6:35:48 PM
  • AND THE NEW.....!!
    Jamie McDonnell had to work for that but he's now the new WBA banatamweight champion  - and a two-time champion of the world! [jamie-mcdonnell]
    5/31/2014 6:38:32 PM
  • GROVES GAINING SUPPORT[info]
    Online bookmaker Sky Bet report a fairly one-sided book, and it's in 5/4 underdog Groves' favour. Froch is the 4/6 favourite but punters are eyeing up the value in the challenger. You can read our full breakdown of the betting trends here and have a punt on the main event here.
    5/31/2014 6:38:50 PM
  • YOUR REACTION [twitter]



    5/31/2014 6:40:50 PM
  • WOW
    What  a contest that was. Na Rachawat looking good for the win with his relentless pace - but McDonnell landed an absolute beauty to end it - and become Britain's fourth world champ! 
    5/31/2014 6:41:51 PM
  • EXCITEMENT BUILDS AHEAD OF THE BIG ONE... [twitter]


    5/31/2014 6:44:05 PM
  • MCDONNELL REACTION
    Let's grab a quick ringside word from Jamie McDonnell...
    Fantastic support tonight. It was brilliant; I felt at ease in there. I kept picking at him and poking but give the kid credit, he kept coming. I surprised myself at the end but that's my work done early. I could feel the first cut dripping into my eye - I thought it might have caused me a few problems but I just used my legs and got out of danger. This title means everything. I'm back on track and I'm sure I can get a unification fight - stick me in the ring with anyone.
    5/31/2014 6:44:28 PM
  • A MAN FAMILIAR WITH WEMBLEY... [twitter]
    5/31/2014 6:45:03 PM
  • NEXT UP...
    The action is coming thick and fast and next into the ring is Kevin Mitchell and Ghislain Maduma. 

    This lightweight contest was due to be a final eliminator for the IBF crown, however Mitchell had problems with his weight earlier today after putting on 12lbs over night. Read all about it here. 

    [kevin-mitchell]
    5/31/2014 6:46:49 PM
  • Here's Sky Sports News Radio's Ringside Report after Jamie McDonnell's win...

    5/31/2014 6:47:46 PM
  • PUNDIT REACTION [glenn-mccrory]
    Glenn McCrory was pretty impressed by Jamie McDonell:
    You've got to congratulate him because he's had a tough 12 months, getting stripped of that title. He's been in the doldrums a little bit but he's come back fighting. It looked like it was going to get tough from the second round - Rachawat was piling on the pressure - but Jamie kept his head.

    5/31/2014 6:48:09 PM
  • BOOK THE FIGHT
    Remember, you could be watching all this action with Sky Sports Box Office - with Froch v Groves II to come. [sbo] Click or tap here for booking details.
    5/31/2014 6:49:35 PM
  • Here's what Kevin Mitchell told us at the pre-fight press conference...

    5/31/2014 6:50:47 PM
  • Jamie McDonnell is a world champion again...

    5/31/2014 6:53:25 PM
  • MITCHELL V MADUMA - ROUND ONE [round-1]
    Dagenham boy Mitchell has to weather some early barrages from his opponent. Maduma is 16-0 with 10kos and a very dangerous opponent. A fierce combination ends with a left to the body from Maduma before Mitchell responds with a left of his own and smartly ducks under a wide right. Maduma tries a couple of times to come in behind his left jab but Mitchell sees out the round without sustaining any major damage. 
    5/31/2014 6:54:22 PM
  • MITCHELL V MADUMA - ROUND TWO [round-2]
    An opening left from Mitchell is met with a fierce response. Both these men look to be packing real power and are wary of over-committing. A left from Maduma forces Mitchell to step back but the local lad comes forward a again with a couple of jabs. The fight is yet to really kick off yet, with only a couple of flurries from each man at a time. 
    5/31/2014 6:58:19 PM
  • MITCHELL V MADUMA - ROUND THREE [round-3]
    A wild flurry from both men at the start of the third draws oos from the crowd before Maduma pursues Mitchell across the canvas, swinging rights. Mitchell's movement keeps him out of range though and a short left hook lands on the Montreal fighter. Maduma comes back with another threatening volley and catches Mitchell on the jaw as he charges in again. A leading right then couple of lefts from Maduma causes Mitchell problems as the bell sounds. 
    5/31/2014 7:02:04 PM
  • GROVES IS IN THE BUILDING! 
    As the big screen shows Groves arriving at Wembley there's a mixture of cheers and jeers in the crowd - they can't wait for the big one to get underway!! 
    5/31/2014 7:03:06 PM
  • MITCHELL V MADUMA -- ROUND FOUR [round-4]
    Maduma's right fist booms into Mitchell the Dagenham boxer has to go on the retreat. A close exchange sees Maduma try to work the body but Mitchell's defence is good and he gets out of there. Maduma is throwing jabs with real intent but often falling short of his target; Mitchell's movement is very impressive. He had nowhere to go there, though, as he backs onto the ropes and takes a left to the body. Another barrage in the corner follows and Mitchell is bobbing, weaving, ducking and doing anything he can to avoid Maduma's barrage. 
    5/31/2014 7:06:49 PM
  • MITCHELL V MADUMA - ROUND FIVE [round-5] 
    A shuddering exchange ends with a left from Mitchell landing flush on Maduma's head. The Canadian looked momentarily stunned by that, but is soon back to work, dominating the centre of the ring, prowling after Mitchell and trying to land another fierce left jab. Mitchell charges in wildly but misses his target and gets a right to the side of the head on the way through. Maduma follows that with another powerful blow upstairs which wins the applause of his corner. Mitchell took some punishment in that one. 
    5/31/2014 7:10:03 PM
  • SCOTT QUIGG’S VIEW[scott-quigg]
    WBA Super Bantamweight champion Scott Quigg has been speaking to Sky Bet’s Jamie Casey about Unfinished Business, while he also gives the latest developments on his own career.

    Bet on Froch v Groves II here
    5/31/2014 7:11:03 PM
  • THE WAITING IS ALMOST OVER!
    It's the biggest night in British boxing history. 80,000 fans have packed out Wembley Stadium. And now the fighters are about to enter the action! 


    5/31/2014 8:38:07 PM
  • How can Froch win tonight? Click above to find out.

    5/31/2014 8:40:50 PM
  • [betting]SKY BET SPECIALS
    There's plenty of you out there who can't decide who to back in the main event - perhaps Sky Bet's offer of 3/1 on over 1.5 knockdowns and under nine rounds may appeal? Back it here.
    5/31/2014 8:41:01 PM
  • YOUR TWEETS [twitter]

    5/31/2014 8:43:51 PM
  • [twitter]
    5/31/2014 8:50:51 PM
  • Let's get ready to....

    5/31/2014 8:50:55 PM
  • [betting]How will the main event be settled then? It has to be via one of the above methods. Get your bet on the bout placed.

    5/31/2014 8:51:12 PM
  • ALL ABOARD! 
    Groves enters the arena on a red London bus! The challenger is looking confident as the crowd raw and the fireworks explode!!
    5/31/2014 8:54:08 PM
  • THIS. IS. HUGE! 
    Groves salutes the 80,000 crowd who are going wild as flames leap behind him. This is an entrance fitting over British boxing's biggest night! Walking to the ring Groves looks intense. He's fired up for this!! 
    5/31/2014 8:55:22 PM
  • The challenger is first in the ring

    5/31/2014 8:57:47 PM
  • NOW HERE COMES THE CHAMP....
    Carl Froch steps out to We Will Rock You - and with a look of determination in his eyes! 
    5/31/2014 8:58:22 PM
  • BANG! 
    More fireworks go off to herald the champ's arrival. Welcome to the Jungle blaring out of the speakers now. Froch shadow boxing. Focused. 
    5/31/2014 9:00:08 PM
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