George Groves has responded to Carl Froch after he made headlines talking about two of his rivals’ retirements in recent weeks.
At the end of January, Groves announced that he was quitting the sport and Froch paid tribute to his former opponent, before reminding him that he was “ironed out by me at Wembley.”
A month later, James DeGale also retired and Froch gave him credit, though also insisted that if they’d ever fought, “I’d have backed him up and absolutely smashed him to bits.”
When asked about these two latest quotes, George Groves told talkSPORT.com: “I don’t understand Carl Froch.
“If he’s trying to now carve out a persona that’s to his advantage that he is just a super negative guy who’s gonna give you stick and get work off the back of it, then I sort of half respect that and appreciate that was his agenda all along.
“But if it’s not, it’s like, ‘Man grow up.’ Do you know what I mean?
“No one’s listening. If you’ve got to be that bullish to get people to listen to you and that’s your craving, then I pity you.
“You just do the obligatory, ‘Well done mate, away you go’.
“Sometimes it’s a little bit forced, sometimes it’s – not disingenuous – but I’m gonna say it because it’s nice to say and that’s part of life.
“Why not just be a nice person?”
George Groves paid tribute to former rival James DeGale after his retirement.
Groves beat DeGale twice – once in the amateurs and once as a professional – but posted a respectful message in the wake of his retirement.
Froch’s own retirement came just after a time when DeGale became mandatory to face him and prompted an angry response out of the challenger who missed out on the bout.
Groves believes Froch has held onto one remark and now decided to use it against DeGale now that he’s also quit the sport.
“If you look at David Haye now, he switched a button when he retired,” Groves continued. “He became the sweetest, nicest guy.
“It’s not just for the cameras, he’s literally switched off that bullish, selfish, aggressive, fighter mentality and he’s trying to integrate himself into society.
“Carl Froch can’t do that. Whatever’s going on in his brain can’t allow him to do that.
“He had no rivalry with James DeGale… One comment Froch has hung onto that, he’s waiting until he’s retired and he’s spilled his guts.
“Grow up man, grow up.”