Carl Froch has insisted that he doesn’t see George Groves becoming a world champion after his bitter rival lost in a third attempt earlier this year.
Froch defeated Groves twice between November 2013 and May 2014, before the ‘Saint’ lost to Badou Jack in Las Vegas in September this year.
While he has yet to return to the ring since that defeat, Groves has been searching for a new trainer ahead of a comeback in 2016 when he will start the process of working towards a world title again.
However, his former opponent believes that there is simply something wrong with his approach that is preventing him from reaching the highest level. Froch was unable to pinpoint it to a lack of pedigree at world title level, but suggested that the defeats to him have perhaps affected him negatively, as reported by iFL TV.
The pair had a hostile relationship with one another during the build up to both bouts, and it isn’t the first time that Froch has been critical of Groves.
Nevertheless, given his struggles and inability to get across the line in title fights, and particularly the decline that has been seen in his performances since being defeated at Wembley last year, it is a worrying time for Groves in the sense that he must prove that he can overcome that last hurdle.
IBF champion James DeGale defends his title against Lucian Bute in Canada on Saturday night, but that rematch is unlikely to materialise any time soon. In turn, that would suggest that Groves may have to follow the WBA, WBC of WBO routes, with Fedor Chudinov, Jack and Arthur Abraham the respective champions with those governing bodies.
It is unclear as to what Groves will do next, but it has been suggested that he is eyeing a return in January and it remains to be seen whether or not he can prove Froch wrong.