Last week, Groves turned down a ‘seven-figure’ offer from Matchroom (with options) to face Froch, before the IBF ordered a rematch after Groves won his original appeal, based around ’inappropriate conduct’ from referee Howard Foster for stopping the fight prematurely.
Groves has been told that he’ll still receive a 15 per cent share of the purse should he agree to face Froch after losing the appeal.
Discussions remain ongoing between both camps. Froch's promoter, Eddie Hearn, remains positive about a rematch, but the contest could theoretically be put out to purse bids if a deal cannot be struck with Matchroom over the next few days.
Promoter Frank Warren has declared an interest in staging the fight, and with Groves being a promotional free agent, the Hammersmith man should have plenty of options should Froch decide to pursue other avenues - namely a Vegas fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr.
George Groves was in attendance at Mayfair Sporting Club’s Robert Burns celebration on Thursday evening at the Millennium Hotel, London, and received an award for being The Sporting Club’s best boxer of 2013. Groves was also named BoxRec News’ Fighter of the Year for 2013, narrowly pipping Carl Froch to the accolade.
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