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Froch opens door to Groves showdown

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George Groves' hopes of a world title shot within the next 12 months have been boosted after Carl Froch confirmed an interest in fighting the British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion.

While Groves is reluctant to dive into a marquee bout so early in his professional career, a clash against Froch, the WBC king, would be hard to resist.

But first Froch must successfully get past Glen Johnson, who he fights in Atlantic City on Saturday, and then Andre Ward in the final of the Super Six Classic tournament, which will crown a unified champion at 12 stone.

"If I can come through the Super Six successfully, there are some major fights abroad - Mikkel Kessler, Kelly Pavlik [mandatory challenger for Froch's WBC title], Lucien Bute [the IBF supermiddleweight champion] - and a couple of big fights domestically with say, George Groves, James DeGale or Nathan Cleverly, as they develop," Froch said in the Telegraph.

"If we get a big domestic fight, they seem to sell as well on Box Office as against a major fighter from overseas. It would be great to unite interest, with a big undercard supporting it."

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