first_imgEddie Hearn believes George Groves will defy many predictions and take the fight to Carl Froch in Saturday’s world title showdown.Groves has been widely tipped to box on the back foot rather than engage with the rugged champion, having used similar tactics to beat arch-rival and fellow West Londoner James DeGale in 2011.But Hearn, who promotes both Froch and Groves, thinks the challenger may well adopt a different gameplan in the biggest fight of his life.“I don’t think he’s going to run at all. I think he’s going to stand there, plant his feet and try to push Carl back,” Hearn told West London Sport.Groves is convinced he will overcome Froch.“I don’t think he’s going to go on the back foot. Most people do, so I may be wrong. I’ve just got a feeling that he’s not going to do that.“He’s got to use his movement and speed, but if you fight on the back foot against Carl Froch – this man’s a nightmare – he will hunt you down as he’s relentless.“If you start that way then three or four rounds in you’re going to be thinking ‘he won’t leave me alone’ and I don’t think George will feel he’s better off doing that.“No, I think George will want to show Carl that he’s in a fight. But I could be wrong – it’s just fascinating to see how it’s going to unravel.“It’s a huge fight. We’re attracting really big numbers for pay-per-view and the public are really getting behind the fight and are fascinated by it.“People are fascinated by all the talk and the mystery of what will happen. Obviously Carl is the favourite, but George is one of the biggest young stars in the sport.“I’m fascinated to see how it’s going to turn out, because I really have no idea. People talk about what sort of fight it’ll be but until that bell goes we just don’t know.”Froch, 36, holds the IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles and is the strong favourite, having lost only twice in a 33-fight career and consistently operated at the top level.He avenged one of those defeats by beating Mikkel Kessler earlier this year and a victory in Manchester would keep him in the frame for a rematch with American star Andre Ward, who outclassed him when they met in 2011.Groves is unbeaten in his 19 professional fights and has held the British as well as Commonwealth title.This weekend’s bout represents a significant step up in class for the 25-year-old, who is looking to make a name for himself in an exciting weight division which has previously starred the likes of Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and Joe Calzaghe.Groves has been trained by Paddy Fitzpatrick.And Hearn said: “I liken this fight to Chris Eubank against Nigel Benn.“The fact is that when Eubank fought Benn his record was 24-0 and his best win was against Kid Milo or Anthony Logan.“Well, George has beaten James DeGale, who is on another level to fighters like that. We all know the result when Eubank fought Benn.“Is it too early for George? We’ll find out on Saturday. Until you actually take that chance you just don’t know.“You’ve got to look at what Froch has achieved, but George is a very live challenger in this fight.“You get some fights where you just can’t see a way the challenger can win, but a lot of people are choosing Groves.“The fascination is over whether George is ready to mix at that level. One thing you can’t deny is that he’s never mixed at that level before, but is he good enough to?“It may be that he’s more than ready. It may be that he wins and becomes champion, but he may not be. It’s that fascination that makes people interested.“And in George’s head, he can’t lose this fight. That’s the worrying thing for Froch, who has much more to lose.“That might work to his [Groves’] advantage or disadvantage, I don’t know. All these questions are what makes it so fascinating.”See also:Relaxed Groves unfazed by Froch – trainerConfident Groves squares up to Froch after final press conferenceGroves: Froch is wrong, I’m ready for himFroch claims Groves will be ‘annihilated’Groves stays cool at tense weigh-inGroves reveals his plan to beat Froch in Saturday’s world title clashFroch v Groves: Live updatesGroves says Froch ‘has 48 hours to readjust’ after gameplan is revealedPromoter predicts Froch-Groves 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — As gusts of wind swirled around China Basin on Tuesday, Giants manager Bruce Bochy confronted a challenging decision.Send a struggling Mac Williamson out to left field to face another tough right-handed pitcher, or ask catcher Stephen Vogt to play left field for the first time in five years?Bochy went with Vogt.For the first time since July 2, 2014, Vogt will play left field as he becomes the eighth different player to start a game at the position for the Giants this season. …last_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa finished 22nd on the Paralympics medals table, which ended in Rio on 18 September 2016. Team South Africa has made a nation proud by bringing home a total of 17 medals. We take a look at the country’s performance.Fourteen-year-old Ntando Mahlangu brings home a silver medal for the men’s 200m T42 at the Rio Paralympics 2016. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube, Sascoc)Compiled by Priya PitamberIn spectacular fashion, the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games ended on 18 September. South Africa finished the tournament on a high note, with 17 medals under their belt.“Cabinet joins the nation in commending the performance of Team South Africa, who are at the Rio 2016 Paralympics,” said Jeff Radebe, the minister in the Presidency for planning, monitoring and evaluation. “These athletes are making our nation proud and continue to build on our stellar reputation of performing well at the Paralympics.”Gold medals Kevin Paul: swimming Men’s 100m breaststroke – SB9 Hilton Langenhoven: athletics Men’s long jump – T12 Charl du Toit: athletics Men’s 100m – T37 Ernst van Dyk: cycling Men’s road race – H5 Reinhardt Hamman: athletics Men’s javelin throw – F38 Charl du Toit: athletics Men’s 400m – T37 Dyan Buis: athletics Men’s 400m – T38 Watch this interview with Paul, who won the country’s first gold this year:See Du Toit set a new world record:Silver medals Ilse Hayes: athletics Women’s 100m – T13 Ntando Mahlangu: athletics Men’s 200m – T42 Anrune Liebenberg: athletics Women’s 400m – T47 Jonathan Ntutu: athletics Men’s 100m – T12 Ilse Hayes: athletics Women’s 400m – T13 Hilton Langenhoven: athletics Men’s 200m – T12 Fourteen-year-old Mahlangu thanked South Africa for the opportunity to compete:Bronze medals Fanie van der Merwe: athletics Men’s 100m – T37 Tyrone Pillay: athletics Men’s shot put – T42 Zanele Situ: athletics Women’s javelin throw – F54 Dyan Buis: athletics Men’s long jump – T38 Pillay dedicated his win to his mum and other loved ones:last_img read more