Aylesbury’s pro boxer Nathan Graham has given his verdict on one of the best and most controversial fights of recent times, Froch vs Groves at the weekend.
Graham, who has been on the end of his own fair share of harsh decisions in his career, had predicted world champion Carl Froch would defend his titles against younger challenger George Groves in the big fight that captured the nation’s imagination on Saturday night.
But he admitted he didn’t see it happening in such controversial circumstances, the referee pulling Groves out and stopping the fight in the ninth, with the challenger well on top.
Unsurprisingly, Froch said it was the correct decision while Groves insisted he was robbed. And former Mandeville School pupil Graham, who has twice been denied titles by strange decisions from judges, says he can see both sides.
“It was a hard one as if you look from where the ref was, Groves took a lot of big shots in a small amount of time and it is the ref’s job to look after the fighters.
“But at the same time my heart goes out to Groves as through his eyes its a very harsh decision considering he was winning the fight.
“But that’s boxing. The fighters are not in control of the refs and their decisions.”