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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 ONE: Gonzales is unbeaten and is chief sparring partner for world champion Andre Ward so is expected to give Londoner DeGale a very tough test. DeGale lands a huge left hook in the opening seconds and Gonzales is forced to hold on. What a start! Superb opening from the Brit who scores well with the left and comfortably wins the round.
    5/31/2014 7:53:33 PM
  • ROUND TWO: Gonzales is not the first to have trouble with a southpaw but he was so wide open in that opening stanza. The American is looking to work the body but DeGale is blocking well, while Gonzales already has swelling around his left eye. DeGale lands with a left over the top and is scoring with his jab which is enough to just win the round.
    5/31/2014 7:57:47 PM
  • ROUND THREE: DeGale also has damage to his left eye after a very lively opening. He's back on the attack, landing well with the jab but Gonzales finds a clubbing left hook which forces DeGale to take a couple of steps back. The American is warned for a low blow with almost the last punch of the round which goes to DeGale.
    5/31/2014 8:02:16 PM
  • ROUND FOUR: A delay with Gonzales' corner not ready with the gumshield. He quickly gets to work and has DeGale on the ropes but 'Chunky' blocks and then spins out of trouble. DeGale produces a clubbing left hand and then right that rocks Gonzales to his boots and he then puts him over with another huge left hand. The American is up at five and DeGale attacks, catching him with a left and the referee steps in and stops the fight.
    5/31/2014 8:07:46 PM
  • Another stoppage that will be debated. I don't doubt Gonzales could have carried on but he was unsteady on his feet and would have only shipped more punishment. The safety of a fighter ultimately has to be paramount so I would back the decision. DeGale promised a performance and wow he did not disappoint! Gonzales was a very dangerous opponent but DeGale blew him away and will now have his sights set on meeting the winner of tonight's main event.
    5/31/2014 8:12:38 PM
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    5/31/2014 8:24:27 PM
  • Well the big fight is almost upon us! After months of build-up, Froch v Groves is only 35 minutes away and we will bring you all the action right here!
    5/31/2014 8:25:45 PM
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    5/31/2014 8:27:06 PM
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    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
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    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
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  • 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
  • ROUND FIVE: Groves is moving round the ring and Froch, still holding the centre, stalks him. A good right shakes Groves and Froch backs him up on the ropes and lands with a couple of hooks before the challenger spins away. Froch lands with four hoooks to the body and then with a flush right that Groves walked onto. Froch ends the round with a stiff left to take the round.
    5/31/2014 9:26:55 PM
  • ROUND SIX: Froch again lands hooks to the body on the ropes but is caught with a solid right. Groves has a swelling under his left eye now but has had more success with his jab. Froch responds with a left-right combination and ends the round by backing Groves up again with hooks to the body.
    5/31/2014 9:30:43 PM
  • ROUND SEVEN: Halfway and I have Froch four rounds ahead but Groves suddenly delivers the left hook that he had promised and Froch is rocked back on his heels. But his recovery is a swift one and he settles back in behind his jab. Another left has an effect but Groves fails to follow it up. An exchange with Groves backed on the ropes, but the challenger comes off best with two solid rights landing and it's Groves' best round of the fight so far.
    5/31/2014 9:34:49 PM
  • ROUND EIGHT: More solid left hands from Groves connect and he looks the stronger all of a sudden. A quick left-right combination hurts Froch and he is looking ragged. But just when you think the fight is getting away from him Froch produces a thundering right hand that floors Groves by the ropes and the referee stops the count and waves the fight off.
    5/31/2014 9:41:08 PM
  • What a punch! Groves did get back to his feet but there will be no dispute about this stoppage - there was no way he was in any position to continue. Groves is taken back to his corner and there is some anxiety because he is very unsteady on his feet. He attempts to get up and can barely walk. However, he does recover and goes over to congratulate Froch and the two embrace.
    5/31/2014 9:44:03 PM
  • Froch celebrates in the ring and that has to be one of the best punches he has ever thrown. He distracted Groves with a left and drove the right in and what a brutal punch it was. Again Froch pulls it out of the fire. Groves looked to be geting on top but all his good work was undone by one blistering shot. So what now for Froch? DeGale is due to be next but I think he will also want to try and have a rematch with Andre Ward - one of only two men to beat him.
    5/31/2014 9:48:08 PM
  • Froch has just described this as the best moment in his boxing career. Groves congratulates Froch and insists he will come back.
    5/31/2014 9:52:20 PM
  • Thanks so much for joining us tonight - it's been quite an evening! There will be a full fight report, reaction and photos on sportinglife.com
    5/31/2014 9:54:06 PM
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