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Froch v Groves II

Froch V Groves 2 Unfinished Business

I felt like the luckiest man on earth last week after my mate Si told me he’d won tickets to the eagerly anticipated rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves at Wembley Stadium and that he wanted me to go with him!

Their first fight in Manchester last November was spectacular and highly controversial with the underdog Groves knocking down the durable but often exposed Froch in the first round, going on to dominate him for almost all of the next eight rounds before the referee Howard Foster called an end to the bout in the ninth round, awarding Froch a TKO victory after he’d executed his first and only period of sustained pressure in the whole fight on the tenacious Groves who seemed to have enough in him to continue. Many thought the stoppage premature and ultimately in January the IBF order the rematch between the pair or Froch would be stripped of his title.

Needless to say, being a big boxing fan and with this being the biggest fight held in Britain for a long, long time, I was always going to say yes …provided I could get permission from the missus! Luckily being the fantastic wife that she is (and probably happy to get me out of her hair for the night) she let me go and we were able to start making plans.

We only found out for sure that we’d got the tickets a few days before the event and having taken a cursory glance at the hotel prices, it quickly became apparent that the most financially viable and most straightforward option was to catch a direct coach from the nearby town of Chesterfield which dropped us off right outside the stadium and which was scheduled to leave 45 minutes after the main event had finished to bring us back.

Si’s girlfriend Sally drove us from Belper to Chesterfield and having arrived around an hour before we were scheduled to depart we had time for a couple of pints at the Portland Hotel near the coach station. The journey down to the stadium was quite comfortable with plenty of spare seats and room, although the coach did lack toilet facilities; it went pretty quickly as we’d bought a few cans of lager and I’d downloaded the first fight on my phone to watch.

This was my first visit to either the old or new Wembley Stadium and the first thing that hit me when we arrived, other than its sheer size, was the desolate and undeveloped area in which it is situated, especially in comparison to somewhere like the O2 Arena. That said, the stadium itself is a sight to behold, an impressive feat of engineering and architectural brilliance.

Wembley Stadium

When we disembarked the coach we noticed that the majority of the crowd was heading towards a pub at the far end of the coach park towards Wembley Way, despite there being a bar called the Crystal Club considerably closer, just a short walk over the road; it didn’t look quite as nice as the other place but weighing that up against the likely queues for drinks, we opted for the closer option. It seemed to be a mistake when upon approaching we noticed a small scuffle in the front ‘beer garden’ and when we got inside, getting to and from the bar was mayhem.

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Amir Khan v Julio Diaz: Post Fight

Had a fantastic night at the Amir Khan v Julio Diaz fight with Richard Grindon on Saturday night.

Watched some great fights including a few in the crowd and saw another hilarious (and surely final) performance from Fraudley Harrison.

Khan had to work hard for his win in an exciting main event, although he can count himself more than a little lucky to have taken the decision against a very tough opponent.

Thanks again to Chas Gilbert for the tickets!

Here’s a link to a report on the main bout: Amir Khan vs Julio Diaz

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Amir Khan v Julio Diaz

I’m going to watch the Amir Khan v Julio Diaz fight at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield with my good friend Richard Grindon tonight!

A big thanks to my stepdad Chas Gilbert who won the tickets via a competition in the Belper News and kindly gave them to me.

Amir Khan v Julio Diaz

MAIN EVENT – 12 ROUNDS
Amir KHAN vs. Julio DIAZ

MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 6 ROUNDS
Anthony OGOGO vs. Kieron GRAY

HEAVYWEIGHTS – 12 ROUNDS
Deontay WILDER vs. Audley HARRISON

SUPER-FLYWEIGHT CONTEST – 4 ROUNDS
Haroon KHAN vs. Stefan SLAVCHEV

ENGLISH SUPER FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE – 10 ROUNDS
Gary SYKES vs. Jon KAYS

WELTERWEIGHTS – 4 ROUNDS
Jack CATTERALL vs. Marc MCKRAY

HEAVYWEIGHTS – 4 ROUNDS
David ALLEN vs. Deyan MIHAILOV

JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHTS – 10 ROUNDS
Terry FLANNIGAN vs. Nate CAMPBELL

JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 6 ROUNDS
Rick GODDONG vs. Bradley PRYCE

JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHTS – 4 ROUNDS
Tomasz MAZURKIEWICZ vs. Adam JONES

WELTERWEIGHTS – 6 ROUNDS
Adrian GONZALEZ vs. Marc CALLAGHAN

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