Coral best price on Groves as rematch with Froch confirmed
One Direction may be partly to blame for the venue still yet to be confirmed, but George Groves’ rematch with Carl Froch has been, with May 31st the date that boxing fans need to keep clear in their diaries.
And Coral are offering the top industry price of 2/1 that Groves becomes the new IBF super-middleweight champion at the second time of asking, having lost in contentious circumstances last November.
Promoter Eddie Hearn believes the rematch is capable of breaking all box-office records for a British fight, although a venue is still to be determined.
Hearn has stated that talks are ongoing with six or seven football stadiums that are large enough to cater for a bout that is capable of being “the biggest fight British boxing history”.
With One Direction having a concert arranged for Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on May 31st, this looks unlikely. However, this is only a preferred date for the fight and so could be changed to suit a venue.
It is 5/1 that the Etihad hosts the fight, with fellow Manchester location Old Trafford at 3/1. The first fight took place in Phones4u Arena in Manchester.
Prior to this, Groves’ last five fights in Britain took place in London and it is Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium that is favourite to host the fight at 2/1, with Wembley Stadium a tempting proposition at 4/1, given its greater capacity.
Upton Park has hosted big all-British encounters before, notably David Haye’s grudge match with Dereck Chisora in 2012. It is 9/1 that the current home of West Ham does so again.
Froch is 4/11 to win the rematch, but he will want to start better than he did in the first encounter, when he was knocked down in the opening round.
Groves is 10/1 to repeat this achievement, while it is 1/2 that the rematch follows the first instalment by ending with a stoppage. Alternatively, it is 6/4 that points are needed to uncover a winner.