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Groves and Froch held apart at weigh in

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George Groves and Carl Froch had to be pulled apart on the scales after they both made weight for Saturday night's super-middleweight world title fight.

Froch's WBA and IBF titles are on the line in the fight, with the build up punctuated by verbal sparring but at the weigh in it was Groves who was silent, with Froch whispering in his ear and smiling in his face before the pair were pulled apart by fight organiser Eddie Hearn.

Froch weighed in at 11st 13lbs, just below the 12st limit, while Groves was over a pound inside the super-middleweight mark at 11st 12lbs.

Groves was uncharacteristically quiet during the weigh in and there was a marked difference between his demeanour and that of Froch, who was smiling and laughing in the face of the challenger, something the champion was quick to point out.

"I was just letting him know he is in deep water. The time is now," he told Sky Sports.

"In all honesty, I didn't say a great deal that was significant because he was just silent and he looked petrified. Yesterday he looked worried, today he looks really, really worried.

"He looks like a really worried man that realises the magnitude of the event and it will be dawning on him. I don't think he's sleeping and he shouldn't be because he's in serious trouble."

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