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Froch v Groves II LIVE!

Boxing expert Simon Crawford brings you live updates from Carl Froch v George Groves and the undercard.

  • ROUND NINE: Great start by McDonnell with some neat combinations with his back against the ropes. Na Rachawat is relentless nad has barely taken a backward step, but is now getting caught more regularly. A closer round but McDonnell takes it again with his better quality attacks.
    5/31/2014 6:31:06 PM
  • ROUND 10: A solid left hook from McDonnell at the start of the 10th and he surely must be well ahead on points now - I have him 7-2 ahead now so only something catastrophic can prevent him picking up his second world title. BANG! McDonnell lands with a superb left hook to the point of the chin and Na Rachawat is counted out. He got to his feet and was all over the place with his senses still scrambled. A superb win - the gameplan executed virtually to perfection.
    5/31/2014 6:36:04 PM
  • Na Rachawat looks to be OK which is good to see because it was a sickening punch, right on the button and few people would have recovered from it.
    5/31/2014 6:38:43 PM
  • Next up is Kevin Mitchell against Ghislain Maduma. It was due to have been a final eliminator for the IBF world lightweight title, but the Londoner 29-year-old weighed in at 10st 6lbs 11oz at the check-in, with IBF rules stating he cannot weigh more than 10lbs over on the morning of the fight. The IBF lightweight limit is set at 9st 9lbs, with Mitchell 12lbs over, and it means he may not get an automatic shot at IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vázquez.
    5/31/2014 6:45:45 PM
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    5/31/2014 6:46:09 PM
  • Mitchell misses weight

    Sporting LifeKevin Mitchell has failed the check weigh-in for his Froch-Groves II undercard bout against Ghislain Maduma.
    5/31/2014 6:49:08 PM
  • Wembley is now much fuller and Eastender Mitchell gets a huge ovation.
    5/31/2014 6:51:02 PM
  • ROUND ONE: Mitchell looks to be the aggressor but Maduma has eye-catching hand speed and it's a bit a cagey chess match at the start. Both men land with decent jabs and it's an even opening round.
    5/31/2014 6:54:43 PM
  • ROUND TWO: Better work by Mitchell at the sart of the second, working well behind a stiff jab. It's a slow pace and both fighters have plenty of respect for each other so there's not too much in the way of meaningful action.
    5/31/2014 6:58:37 PM
  • ROUND THREE: Maduma is looking to force the pace now and lands with a couple of decent rights. Mitchell is still very cautiousas though he's scared of being countered, but he must try to seize the initiative.
    5/31/2014 7:02:07 PM
  • George Groves' arrival at the stadium is shown on the big screen and he gets a very mixed reception - a 50/50 fight with a 50/50 crowd I would say!
    5/31/2014 7:03:24 PM
  • ROUND FOUR: Maybe the shock of failing the weigh-in this morning has upset Mitchell, but he is lethargic and allowing 29-year-old Maduma to take charge. The Londonder is being pushed back and Maduma is warming to his task now, much more aggressive in his attacks.
    5/31/2014 7:06:04 PM
  • ROUND FIVE: Decent left hook from Mitchell but no follow up and he needs to be throwing more punches to try and make some kind of impression. Maduma finishes the round well and the two touch gloves as the bell goes and Mitchell must be behind on the cards.
    5/31/2014 7:10:48 PM
  • DeGale sets up title fight

    Sporting LifeJames DeGale earned the chance to face the winner of Carl Froch and George Groves after beating Brandon Gonzales.
    5/31/2014 8:38:45 PM
  • Wembley is virtually full and there is massive expectation now with the big fight just minutes away. The undercard has delivered plenty but the vast majority of this amazing 80,000 crowd have been waiting for this clash. Opinions remains divided but I'm still sticking with my prediction of a late Froch stoppage. I think the champion has to be better than he was in the first fight and the big question in my mind is whether Groves has the experience and grit to take the titles. He can box, he has power and his footwork is superb - but can he go into the trenches with a fighter like Froch who has a granite chin and time-after-time at world level has proved the doubters wrong. He took Groves lightly last time and almost paid the price. I don't see that happening again and for me Froch's A-game is currently better than that of Groves.
    5/31/2014 8:45:45 PM
  • Get set for late show from Froch

    Sporting LifeOur Simon Crawford believes Carl Froch will force a late stoppage win in Saturdays Wembley rematch with George Groves.
    5/31/2014 8:46:04 PM
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    5/31/2014 8:47:44 PM
  • No issues with weight despite Froch claiming Groves was struggling.
    5/31/2014 8:49:22 PM
  • Froch/Groves inside limit

    Sporting LifeThe IBF title will officially be on the line tonight after Carl Froch and George Groves made this mornings weight limit.
    5/31/2014 8:49:27 PM
  • The big screen shows Groves emerging from his dressing room and again there is a mixture of boos and cheers. Legendary ring announcer Michael Buffer introduces the challenger from Hammersmith and there are more boos than cheers this time so 'home' advantage is not counting for too much. Groves emerges on the upper deck of a red London bus, smiling and looking confident. Wembley is a sea of flashes from mobile phones as fans take pictures of the ringwalk. Another mixed reception as he enters the ring and we are now just moments away from the fight we've all been waiting for.
    5/31/2014 8:56:23 PM
  • Froch is shown on the big screen and the reception is initially more favourable from the biggest boxing crowd in the UK for 80 years. He emerges and looks relaxed as he makes his way to the ring to AC/DC's 'Shoot to thrill'.
    5/31/2014 9:01:15 PM
  • This is Froch's 12th successive world title fight and I'm just convinced that experience will get him home tonight, otherwise it could be career over.
    5/31/2014 9:02:29 PM
  • ROUND ONE: A cagey opening before Groves lands with a couple of decent jabs. The challenger predicted a left hook would stop Froch but no sign of one yet. It's a war of jabs so far and the bell goes with little to split them but as confident as Froch may be I'm sure he'll be glad to get through a quiet opener after being floored in the first last time.
    5/31/2014 9:11:24 PM
  • ROUND TWO: Froch is already much more positive with the jab than he was in the first and has the centre of the ring which is crucial. They get into a clinch and Groves ends up on the floor - both get a talking to from the referee. A good right from Groves and Froch walks onto a left hook as he looked to find the body. Again pretty even but I would give it to Groves.
    5/31/2014 9:14:29 PM
  • ROUND THREE: A quiet opening and some unrest from the crowd who want to see more action ... then the two exchange powerful hooks. Groves lands a solid right but there is still little to choose between them.
    5/31/2014 9:18:17 PM
  • ROUND FOUR: I expected a much faster start from Groves, but Froch is outjabbing him for the most part. I also wonder whether Groves is trying to save up some gas for the later rounds? Solid right from Groves but Froch hits back with a left hook and finally we are getting some tempo and the punches are starting to flow. Punishing shots to the body from Froch who certainly wins that round.
    5/31/2014 9:22:46 PM
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