Here comes the champion... Froch looks supremely relaxed and calm... Seems to genuinely love these nights.
As if the Manchester crowd weren't already on his side.... Froch walks out to What's The Story (Morning Glory) by Oasis!
Thundering noise inside the MEN Arena.
Froch will enjoy a four inch reach advantage...
He's boxed 231 round in his career to Groves 95 and 11 world title fights.
While the national anthem plays, George Groves is standing in the centre of the ring eyeballing Froch 'Eubank' style. Froch ignores him and shadow boxes.
Time for the introductions....
As expected, no Adam Booth in Groves' corner. Froch receives some final words of advice from Robert McCracken and, interestingly, Tony Simms, world champion Darren Barker's trainer.
As well as settling their grudge, the WBA and IBF world titles are also on the line of course.
Groves throwing faints and looking to connect with jabs. Froch has his trademark low hands and long left jab.
Groves attempting to counter Froch's jab with quick right hands.
Groves connects with two solid right hands..
Froch brushes them off and connects with one of his own
A quick right hand and he goes down. He gets up smiling but his legs look unsteady and he's saved by the bell.
Round two, has Froch recovered?
Groves looks much faster than Froch here and his confidence is rising.
He connects again but Froch fights back with some decent shots of his own.
Carl needs something to win some respect off Groves. He looks still nervous and unsteady.
Another round for Groves there. If Froch didn't know before, he knows he's in a fight now. He's going to have to dig deep to turn this around
It's Groves' speed that is killing Froch here. He's beating him to the punch every time.
Now Froch has hurt Groves. A huge right hand sends the challenger tumbling into the ropes.
Groves has a large swelling under the eye now but has regained his composure.
Bell goes, mildly better round for Froch there. If he's to win this, pure toughness will be the deciding factor. Is Froch tough enough to walk through Groves speed and skill to get his own shots off?
Double jabs from Groves again. His speed is just dazzling Froch.
Froch is looking timid right now, slightly hesitant.
Groves catches him again with an overhand right. They tie up on the ropes and Groves digs in with his head. A little bit of needle still.
Another clear, clear round for Groves, completely outclassing Froch so far.
Better from Froch at the start of the fifth, seems more assertive.
Froch landing more often now, Groves looks to have taken his foot off the gas a little.
First round for Carl Froch, connected more regularly and seemed more confident.
Round six, not much action in the first minute.
Groves lands another big right hand but they bounce off Froch's granite chin.
More big punches for Groves,
Anyone else would be out of there.
They're slugging it out, toe to toe! Fantastic action, a clear round for Groves but Froch refusing to make it easy.
Bell goes for round seven. Groves is five rounds up on Jim Watt's card, ours too.