Carl Froch has sent a warning to George Groves before their rematch at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, telling his rival he “could get hurt”.
Nottingham fighter Froch, 36, defends his IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles against Londoner Groves, 26, in front of a record 80,000 crowd.
Froch won the first bout last November via a contentious ninth-round stoppage.
Groves has vowed to take the fight to Froch and believes the contest will resemble the legendary ‘war’ between Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns in 1985, which Hagler won via a third-round stoppage.
Groves made a sensational start to his first meeting with Froch, knocking the champion down in the opening round with a thunderous right hand.
The challenger dominated the first half of the fight but Froch came roaring back in round nine, when referee Howard Foster stopped the fight, prematurely in the eyes of most observers.
Groves, who has 19 wins (including 15 knockouts) and one defeat from 20 professional fights, is the underdog with the bookmakers but supremely confident of victory.
Froch, who has 32 wins (23 KOs) and two defeats from 34 professional fights, claims he took Groves too lightly before their first encounter but says he will be back to his best second time around.