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VIRGIL HUNTER DISCUSSES CARL FROCH'S VICTORY OVER GEORGE GROVES: "IT WAS A CORRECT STOPPAGE"

By Ben Thompson | November 27, 2013
VIRGIL HUNTER DISCUSSES CARL FROCH'S VICTORY OVER GEORGE GROVES:

"I thought, personally, it was a correct stoppage, and the reason I say that is because, let's face it, if you saw it in slow motion, he hit him 6 times flush. One of those punches was on top of the head right above the ear, and that hook he hit him with in that exchange, Groves never saw it; it literally just snapped his neck around. He was hurt. If I shoot you with a bullet and I know that bullet went into you, I don't need to see you stagger to know you're wounded...I saw Froch turn the fight around. Even though it's debatable he lost the round, it's almost like Chavez and Meldrick Taylor; the type of punches that Chavez was placing on Meldrick Taylor. I saw this happening in the 8th round," stated world-class trainer Virgil Hunter, who shared his thoughts on Carl Froch's victory over George Groves. Check it out!

BT: There was an interesting scrap over the weekend that I'm sure you probably had your eye on. What did you think of Carl Froch's performance against George Groves?

VH: That was an interesting fight. You know, Groves, he had the right game plan, but I think what hurt him the most was him landing that right hand early in the fight because he tried to continuously land it after that. He did land it, but I think he took away from some other things that he could've been doing and maybe he could've came back to it later on in the fight. Once he knocked him down, I mean, he was literally intent on knocking him out, so I think that kind of hurt him after round 5 and round 6. Because, you know, Froch started landing some body shots that people weren't talking about, and he was putting them right on the money. I was talking to Andre about it. I said, "They're not talking about these body shots Froch is hitting him with and he's hitting him right on the money with these body shots. He's getting hit back, but the type of body shots he's allowing Froch to land is gonna have an effect on him." And sure enough, after the 6th round, you could see him physically starting to tire, and Froch started closing the distance on him. You know, Froch, if you don't have an inside game when he swings forward, because his momentum comes forward with his punches. His momentum can knock you off balance; he can wear you down rather quick.

I thought, personally, it was a correct stoppage, and the reason I say that is because, let's face it, if you saw it in slow motion, he hit him 6 times flush. One of those punches was on top of the head right above the ear, and that hook he hit him with in that exchange, Groves never saw it; it literally just snapped his neck around. He was hurt. If I shoot you with a bullet and I know that bullet went into you, I don't need to see you stagger to know you're wounded, you know. A lot of people say, "Well, his legs weren't buckled." That doesn't mean you're not hurt. Now he was hurt. It's always going to be debatable because he was on his feet, but if you look at the course what led to that, the past two rounds led to that situation happening. The reason why he [Froch] was able to get those punches off is because he [Groves] was tiring and he was starting to get to him.

[Rounds] 6 and 7, I saw Froch turn the fight around. Even though it's debatable he lost the round, it's almost like Chavez and Meldrick Taylor; the type of punches that Chavez was placing on Meldrick Taylor. I saw this happening in the 8th round, the type of punches that he was hitting Taylor with; that "Boy, I hope he can make it to the finish line because these punches are catching up with him rather quick." You know. And I think it was the manner in which the referee grabbed Groves and, you know, he really should've grabbed Froch. He made some bad moves that caused it to be debatable, but Groves was hurt. He was hurt. And all this career-finishing talk and all this kind of talk, I mean, that's just talk, but I didn't see him making it out of that round if that fight would've continued. He was hurt.

It's debatable. I mean, he could've let it go on; I see the points made, but I have to say, I can't fault the ref for stopping the fight. I just kind of fault him how he stopped the fight, you know, grabbing Groves instead of grabbing Froch.  Or, I think they were saying the 8-count was in effect. If it was, then he made a bad mistake because he should've gave him the 8-count (laughing).



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