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Mouthwatering Matchups - Ten top domestic fights for 2014


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Mouthwatering Matchups - Ten top domestic fights for 2014



by Oliver Fennell



Why do we want to see it? Who would win? Will it happen? Oliver Fennell picks ten top domestic scraps we’d all like to witness later on in 2014.





Carl Froch v George Groves II

Why? Nine rounds can change a lot of things. When their first fight was announced, Groves’ challenge for Froch’s IBF and WBA super-middleweight belts was seen as a case of too much, too soon. But once the dust settled on their November clash, Groves had more than proved he belonged in elite company. It had been a fantastic scrap and the ending – a TKO for Froch seen by many as a premature – was highly controversial. It has all the ingredients for a blockbuster rematch.



Who would win? Hard to call. Perhaps their first matched showed that Froch is slipping and Groves can only get better. Then again, it might be that Groves showed his very best that night and it is the more experienced Froch who will know what adjustments to make next time round. I’m leaning ever so slightly towards the latter scenario.



Will it happen? I think so. Froch, somewhat chastened but too proud to admit it, has said he has other plans, but this has “by public demand” written all over it, and that Froch pride probably will not allow him to bypass an attempt to prove the critics wrong.



Scott Quigg v Carl Frampton

Why? These two have been circling each other for a few years now as they have made their separate rises up the world rankings. They are now firmly among the globe’s elite super-bantamweights, with Quigg ascending to WBA titleholder status and Frampton the IBF’s number one contender. Same weight, similar age, similar world standing, both exciting and highly talented – they just have to fight!



Who would win? While Quigg has the belt, I believe Frampton has the greater momentum. His win over Kiko Martinez looks marvellous in the wake of Martinez’s own world title win last year, while Quigg’s coronation was one of those damp-squib “interim upgrade” affairs, and he struggled in his first defence, against Yoandris Salinas. Frampton, meanwhile, hasn’t set a foot wrong in a long time and looks to have the edge.



Will it happen? If Quigg continues to hold on to his WBA belt, and Frampton wins the IBF, it would make for a natural all-British unification match late in the year. However, I suspect they will be kept apart through 2014, cashing in on their respective titles.



Amir Khan v Kell Brook



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