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Groves wants non-UK officials

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

LONDON - George Groves is demanding non-British officials for his world title re-match with Carl Froch at London's Wembley Stadium on May 31.

The two Britons collide for Froch's World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-middleweight titles after their first encounter in November ended controversially.

Groves, 25, felt referee Howard Foster stopped the fight prematurely in the ninth round after he had floored Froch, 36, in the opening round. That led Groves to appeal to the IBF to sanction a re-match, which it did, and now the Londoner does not want the domestic British Boxing Board of Control to appoint the referee.

"The British Boxing Board of Control failed me in the first fight," Groves told a Wembley news conference held jointly with Froch yesterday.

"Froch was gifted the decision by Howard Foster. We wanted neutral officials. He awarded it in Carl Froch's favour and it cost me the fight."

Promoter Eddie Hearn agreed with Groves that a non-British referee should be the man in the middle.

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