Springfield, NJ – 1/24/14 - On Wednesday, January 15, 2014, an IBF Appeal Panel convened to
hear the appeal of George Groves regarding his Nov-23, 2013, bout with Carl Froch. This
bout was a mandatory defense of Carl Froch’s IBF Super Middleweight title and an optional
defense of his WBA Super Middleweight title.
George Groves’ appeal was based in part on Rule 12. A. 2 of the IBF/USBA Rules Governing
Championship Contests - Inappropriate conduct by the referee which is alleged to have affected the
outcome of the fight.
There were a number of reasons presented in his appeal presented as evidence of inappropriate
conduct by referee Howard Foster. However, the one argument presented to the panel that they
could make and educated decision on was that the referee simply misinterpreted George Groves’
evasive techniques as being an indication that Mr. Groves was in “trouble”. The panel determined
that the referee gave appropriate warnings to both fighters but did not choose to deduct points. The
panel felt that in the 9th round, Groves should have been allowed to continue as he did not appear to
be seriously hurt and was counter punching and attempting to move the action away from the ropes
at the time of the stoppage. In addition, the referee waived off the fight from behind Groves instead
of in front of him and did not look into his eyes. Groves showed no signs of being hurt after the
stoppage. In sum, the panel felt it was an improper stoppage.
After a review of the information presented to the panel, it has been determined that there was
inappropriate conduct by the referee that affected the outcome of the fight. Based on the foregoing
the IBF is ordering an immediate rematch between Carl Froch and George Groves for the IBF Super
Middleweight title. The Bout must take place within 90 days, or by April 24, 2014, and neither
boxer can take any other fight in that time frame. The signed contracts are due within 15 days or by
February 8, 2014. If the IBF doesn’t receive the contracts by February 8, 2014, we will call for a
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