Boxing Betting News – Froch Stops Grove in Rematch, Donaire Wins Ugly Brawl

  • Updated: June 9, 2014
  • By: Rich Bergeron

    In Stan James Boxing Betting News, Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) and Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) both scored huge career wins Saturday in very different fashion. Donaire’s bout ended thanks to a bad cut from repeated head butts, while Froch earned a non-controversial stoppage in the 8th round.

    Donaire’s fight in Macau, China was part of a card that featured three phenomenal featherweight bouts. At least that’s how they looked on paper. First, Evgeny Gradovich (19-0) scored a lopsided unanimous decision over Alexander Miskirtchian (24-3-1). Later, Nicholas Walters improved to 23-0 and retained his WBA Featherweight title with a vicious 5th round knockout of Vic Darchinyan (39-7).

    Donaire’s bout against Simpiwe Vetyeka (26-3, 16 KOs) featured more brawling than boxing. Donaire’s strategic boxing sealed a technical win for the WBA Super World Featherweight Champion, but it was not a pretty win by any means. A clash of heads at the end of the first round caused a cut over Donaire’s left eyelid and put him down on one knee. Donaire hit his opponent with a low blow in the second round, and two more head butts marred the round. The doctor took a look at the cut and let the fight continue.

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    Donaire won the crowd over in the third round by picking away at Vetyeka with jabs and 1-2 combos, using footwork and head movement to avoid his opponent’s most harmful punches. Vetyeka did land some nice rights in the round, but Donaire rattled him with his own right hand just before the bell. Vetyeka looked impressive at the start of the 4th round, and he landed some excellent jabs. Nonaire took the momentum right back with a left hook that sent the challenger to the canvas. Once again the referee stopped the fight later in the round to get the doctor to look at the cut, but the round ended with no stoppage. Between rounds, though, Donaire’s cut began to bleed into his eye, and the fight went to the scorecards. Donaire secured the win with scores of 39-36 on all cards.

    Over at Wembley Stadium in London, Carl Froch met George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) in the rematch of their original controversial bout last November. Both fighters had a slow start in the contest, but it was a very competitive fight leading up to the 8th round. Froch fought mostly behind a low jab and remained safely out of the punching range of Groves. He also used some roughhouse tactics, wrestling Groves to the ground at one point early in the fight.

    Froch fought in spurts, never really pushing the action until he had to. Going into the second haf of the fight, Amir Khan told a commentator at ringside that he thought Groves was outboxing Froch. Still, Froch came on strong in the fifth and sixth rounds. He rarely threw straight rights, but he landed a ton of jabs and a few nice left and right hooks that scored some points for the WBA and IBF Super Middleweight Champion.

    Groves looked much better in the seventh round, landing his own counter left hook often. Froch had some good moments in the round himself, ending with a lead right that stopped Groves in his tracks. The eighth round was a back and forth affair with Groves looking more aggressive with every punch he landed. Finally, Froch backed Groves up against the ropes, pawed a left hook at the chin of his opponent to avert his attention, and followed up with a devestating looping right hand that sent Groves crashing to the canvas. Groves had one leg pinned back under him and appeared to be completely out cold. As the referee stooped down to get a closer look, he could see there was little chance for Groves to get up in time to beat any count. He waved off the fight just as Groves regained consciousness and tried to spring back to his feet and fight on.  The end came at the 2:34 mark, and both fighters put all the bad blood behind them in the post-fight hoopla.

    Froch said after the bout that the win made him “unbelieveably elated” and could be considered the best moment in his entire career. He also explained that he “stuck to my boxing” and used more of his range and reach to eke out the victory in the rematch. As for the finishing blow, he added, “I timed it perfectly.”

    The next step for Froch is unclear, though he did mention that he definitely wants a fight in Las Vegas.Though he didn’t call anyone in particular out, Super Middleweight James DeGale (19-1, 12 KOs) requested a date with destiny against Froch after dismantling the previously unbeaten Brandon Gonzalez (18-1-1, 10 KOs) with a 4th round TKO on the undercard at Wembley Saturday.

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    Boxing Betting News - Froch Stops Grove, Donaire Wins Ugly!
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    Stan James has the best Boxing Betting Action! Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) and Nonito Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) both scored huge career wins on Saturday.
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