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Froch gives credit to Groves

Carl Froch admits that his rematch with George Groves was a close-run thing before he found a one-punch knockout in the eighth round.

Froch retained his IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles after landing a perfect right hand on his fellow Brit in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley Stadium.

Until that point the bout was a much more cautious and tactical affair than their first fight last November, when Froch was floored heavily in the first round but came back to win a brutal battle.

Despite the ill feelings between the fighters in the build-up to both contests, Froch was quick to praise the boxing abilities of Groves.

"I've been in with some of the best fighters in the world, and it was neck and neck in there," Froch told Sky Sports Box Office.

"There was nothing in it, it was a close fight. It was a stand-off, tactical fight and sometimes in professional boxing it only takes one punch.

"And when you've got the punch that I've got it just shows that one punch can be all the difference and all it needs.

"Unfortunately for George he was on the end of a very heavy right hand from a seasoned champion. But we've both done ourselves proud tonight."

Froch was fighting in his 12th straight world title bout but said that nothing he has achieved previously could compare to competing in front of such a huge crowd in a British superfight.

He added: "I'm feeling unbelievably elated. This is the best moment in the history of my boxing career.

"I've been involved in some magnificent fights with some top world champions but this is by far the biggest and best crowd I've ever boxed in front of.

"It's the biggest event I've ever been involved in and I'm very proud. George Groves should also be very proud."

Froch tried to fight at range behind the jab rather than employing the ultra-aggressive tactics he has sometimes been known to, but he admits out-boxing Groves proved to be a tough task.

He said: "I didn't rush in, I didn't leave my feet behind. I was very calm and composed like I said I would be.

"I was trying to establish my jab but George Groves is quicker than me - I've got a little bit of range on him, a bit more reach and a bit more height.

"If you time shots correctly then timing beats speed. He was very quick, he hit me with a couple of right hands and he was beating me to the jab at times."