Froch, Groves to fight it out Nov. 23
The fight between unified super middleweight titlist Carl Froch and British countryman George Groves was signed a month ago, but on Friday the date and venue were squared away. They will meet Nov. 23 at Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England, Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn announced.
Froch and Groves will come face to face Sept. 17 at the kickoff news conference for the promotion.
"I'm delighted to bring this event to Manchester on Nov. 23," Hearn said. "This 'Battle of Britain' is a fascinating fight between a true legend of British boxing in Carl Froch and a superb young talent in George Groves. It's going to be some atmosphere, some occasion."
Froch (31-2, 22 KOs), 36, a three-time titleholder, is coming off a stirring May 25 revenge victory to unify two 168-pound belts in his rematch against Mikkel Kessler, who had outpointed Froch in a close, action-packed 2010 title fight. On the undercard of Froch-Kessler II at O2 Arena in London, Groves (19-0, 15 KOs), 25, scored an impressive fifth-round knockout of Noe Gonzalez Alcoba and was subsequently named one of Froch's mandatory challengers.
"Phone lines, Twitter and emails haven't stopped for tickets since we confirmed the fight," Hearn said. "We are expecting another instant sellout when we go on sale on Sept. 17."
Phones 4u Arena, formerly MEN Arena, has hosted numerous major boxing cards that have included the likes of Mike Tyson, Ricky Hatton, Amir Khan, Joe Calzaghe and David Haye.
The American television broadcaster for Froch-Groves, if there is one, has not been determined. With Hearn setting the fight for Nov. 23, it means that HBO, which is heavily involved in the 168-pound division and televised Froch-Kessler II, is out. That is the date that HBO PPV is televising Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios from Macau and it has its resources tied up in that major fight. Hearn had been trying to match the date and venue with a date that worked for HBO.