Carl Froch: 'George Groves can't take punishment'

Carl Froch dismisses George Groves's world-title aspirations by claiming that he is not tough enough.

Carl Froch believes that George Groves's inability to take a punch will hold him back from becoming a world champion.

Groves recorded a points victory over Christopher Rebrasse on Saturday evening to bounce back from a knockout defeat to Froch on May 31.

However, 'The Cobra' dismissed his former nemesis's hopes of lifting a world title by claiming that he cannot handle being hit.

Froch told talkSPORT: "To sum up George Groves, he's a giver, not a taker. He can dish punishment out and he's good on the offense, but he can't take punishment.

"If you want to become a world champion and dominate at world level, you have to be able to take a punch.

"You have to be like myself, or Mikkel Kessler, or Jermain Taylor, or Jean Pascal, or Arthur Abraham - these fighters that go 12 rounds with me. I don't think George Groves is tough enough. He may prove me wrong, but from what I saw the other night, I don't see a future world champion at any sort of great level."

Froch's last two fights have been wins against Groves.

George Groves celebrates his victory after beating Noe Gonzalez in their International Super Middleweight match on May 25, 2013
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