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Groves: Push proves I'm on top

George Groves believes his mind games have already unsettled Carl Froch after his bitter rival shoved him at the Wembley press-conference.

The super-middleweight foes came face-to-face again at the historic venue which will stage their rematch on May 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Froch struggled to contain his composure in the build-up to the first fight as his younger rival waged a constant war of words against the WBA and IBF world champion.

He continued where they left off in the opening press-conference, playing with a Rubik's cube while Froch spoke and his confident demeanour clearly angered the 36-year-old, who pushed Groves as they posed for photographs.

Froch has insisted he will control his emotions ahead of their second fight, but Groves feels this push was proof that he has gained the upper hand.

"Carl can say what he likes and only he will know the true answer," said Groves, when responding to suggestions that Froch took him lightly.

"We will look at it how we want to look at it. I know I'm going to be ready. I know I'd never prepare for a fight and not be ready.

'Unprofessional'

"If he has, that's unprofessional, but at the same time he's just shown that he's unprofessional because he just pushed me when we tried to do a head-to-head.

"He's struggling to hold it together right now and I don't blame him. I understand why. He's in a fight that he can't possibly win."

There appears to be plenty of bad blood between the pair, but Groves suggests he does not have any genuine ill feeling towards Froch and is merely engaging him in psychological warfare.

"I don't like him, I don't dislike him," he said. "I'm emotionless towards him because we're going to fight. In the build-up people said there was animosity and it came across that way, but at the same time I didn't like or dislike Carl.

"I just had to be quite aggressive and quite forceful and quite to the point and blunt because I needed him to respect me, which he failed to do and take me seriously.

"He took me seriously, because he got in good shape, but the things he was saying, weren't making sense.

"I told him exactly how it was going to go down and then expected him to sit down at the end of the third round and say: 'you know what, he was bang on'. But he ended up sitting down at the end of the first round, saying 'what happened?'"