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    Default No standing 8 counts in ANY championship fights. Froch - Groves related.

    A lot of people have said about Groves should have been given at least a count, but the rules state that in championship boxing there are no standing 8 counts and this is with all top sanctioning bodies. I'm not trying to defence the premature stoppage because I would have let it carry on. But Groves did take a lot of punches and Froch should have been allowed to follow them up, with over a third of the fight to go I think Froch would have had him out of there.

    On a side note I think they should allow a standing 8 count in championship level fights as the referee could properly judge weather a fighters head is clear to carry on or not. That would have been better than would the referee did on Saturday and stop is like he did.

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    Default Re: No standing 8 counts in ANY championship fights. Froch - Groves related.

    No standing 8 counts ever.

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    Default Re: No standing 8 counts in ANY championship fights. Froch - Groves related.

    Standing 8 counts can take away a victory.
    A guy works to get the other guy right here he wants him: in big trouble! Then just when it's sure as $#!t that he's gonna finish him, the ref steps in and breaks it for a standing 8, sending the man to the neutral corner.
    It gives the hurt man a break, and prevented the knockout victory. It stole victory from what rightly should have been a KO win.

    You know what else: very often, all standing 8 counts did was cause the injured man to take more cumulative damage and delay the knockout as the guy gets a few extra seconds to clear his head, and then the attack resumes, and he takes a bunch more damage... at which point, he's given another standing 8, is able to clear his head a bit at which point the fight resumes and then he takes even more damage...

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    Default Re: No standing 8 counts in ANY championship fights. Froch - Groves related.

    On the basis of no standing 8 counts this does defend the referee a bit though IMO.

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    Default Re: No standing 8 counts in ANY championship fights. Froch - Groves related.

    Well, the ref is the real problem here. Ref howard foster is an incompetent; rule changes ain't gonna help that any. And there's LOTS of nincompoop refs in Boxing. Very few decent ones.

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    Default Re: No standing 8 counts in ANY championship fights. Froch - Groves related.

    Yeah I mentioned it in a response only because of the way things turned out. I mean on the one hand Carl gets one because he was decked and got up with happy feet and on the other hand Groves gets the fight called when he was still fighting back. Perhaps Groves should have taken a knee or touched his glove on the canvas.

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    Default Re: No standing 8 counts in ANY championship fights. Froch - Groves related.

    why should groves have been given a standing 8 count? there wasnt even any evidence that he was going down
    @Tam Seddon I am as impartial as they come in this fight, I am a fan of both froch and groves

    id say over the last 5 years or so froch has been my favourite fighter, i like the way he carries himself in interviews and i like his fighting style a lot, i cant remember too many fighters who were at the elite level whos fighting styles i prefer

    the stoppage was shocking, froch was given a huge gift, I also believe he was on the edge of being stopped himself
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    Default Re: No standing 8 counts in ANY championship fights. Froch - Groves related.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tam Seddon View Post
    On the basis of no standing 8 counts this does defend the referee a bit though IMO.
    Bute got a standing 8 count in the Froch fight right before his corner through in the towel. Another example of shit refereeing in England

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    Default Re: No standing 8 counts in ANY championship fights. Froch - Groves related.

    I'm not down with rule changes at all. It is referee changes that are necessary. Will Howard Foster have to stand in front of someone and explain his actions now the mood has calmed after fight night??

    In my opinion, inexperience beat Groves on Saturday. He boxed tremendously and made Froch look even more silly than Dirrell and Ward made him look. He didn't stick to the game plan that was working, using footwork and sharp counters, and rather than duck out from the ropes as he'd done earlier in the fight, beautifully I might add, he traded with wide shots against the ropes. He also could have taken a knee to gather his thoughts, rather than let pride get in the way of a great game plan and go toe to toe. Groves IMO also looks to be the hardest hitter at 168, so in combination with his boxing skills he'd take most if not all. Only other guy I see him struggling with, Ward aside, is Bika.

    So all in all, I think groves will have learned an incredible amount from Saturday, comes out with his head held VERY high indeed, and I would like to think he won't make the same mistake again, but saying that, he does like to go toe to toe in pockets in the fight, so maybe that's just in his make up and will always have that vulnerability. He just needs to learn that that vulnerability will cost him fights against a guy like Froch who is near damn impossible to get out of there and will still come strong in patches in the championship rounds.
    Last edited by TheMacMagician; 11-27-2013 at 09:52 AM.

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    Default Re: No standing 8 counts in ANY championship fights. Froch - Groves related.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheMacMagician View Post
    I'm not down with rule changes at all. It is referee changes that are necessary. Will Howard Foster have to stand in front of someone and explain his actions now the mood has calmed after fight night??

    In my opinion, inexperience beat Groves on Saturday. He boxed tremendously and made Froch look even more silly than Dirrell and Ward made him look. He didn't stick to the game plan that was working, using footwork and sharp counters, and rather than duck out from the ropes as he'd done earlier in the fight, beautifully I might add, he traded with wide shots against the ropes. He also could have taken a knee to gather his thoughts, rather than let pride get in the way of a great game plan and go toe to toe. Groves IMO also looks to be the hardest hitter at 168, so in combination with his boxing skills he'd take most if not all. Only other guy I see him struggling with, Ward aside, is Bika.

    So all in all, I think groves will have learned an incredible amount from Saturday, comes out with his head held VERY high indeed, and I would like to think he won't make the same mistake again, but saying that, he does like to go toe to toe in pockets in the fight, so maybe that's just in his make up and will always have that vulnerability. He just needs to learn that that vulnerability will cost him fights against a guy like Froch who is near damn impossible to get out of there and will still come strong in patches in the championship rounds.
    people keep saying why didnt he take a knee

    why should he take a knee, you take a knee when you are hurt and need a breather and you have no other option, from what i saw it hadnt got to that stage

    if the ref hadnt have been in the way he'd have moved to the other side of the ring and continued figting
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    Default Re: No standing 8 counts in ANY championship fights. Froch - Groves related.

    The problem with Groves taking a knee is losing points and giving the red flag to Froch that he is hurt.

    Groves is inexperienced. Just like Price was, at facing strong opponents who can push him. The Anderson fight was invaluable for him but up coming fighters need to face quality tested opponents that dont get inocked out who will be there in the last few rounds to test their stamina and resolve and teach them how to cope.

    Maybe it did come too early for Groves. He needed a fight with someone he was almost guaranteed not to KO.

    I think the stoppage was early. Now the 8 count has been mentioned it is annoying that in the very same fight one fighter was given the privilege of a standing count but his opponent wasnt. Being realistic, would Groves had enou about him to last those final rounds? I dont know what Carls energy levels were like at that point. He was doing more because Groves was doing less and the end could have been inevitable.

    This might be oddly a good thing for George, invaluable experience learnt for any rematch or future fights. He will have to learn some of Wards horrible spoiling skills to stop Carls momentum in a rematch.

    Would Groves have got the stoppage had it not been for the 8 count in the first? Maybe not becuase even if he dropped Carl again he probably lasts to the end of the round as the clock ticks away.

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    Default Re: No standing 8 counts in ANY championship fights. Froch - Groves related.

    Quote Originally Posted by Silkeyjoe View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Tam Seddon View Post
    On the basis of no standing 8 counts this does defend the referee a bit though IMO.
    Bute got a standing 8 count in the Froch fight right before his corner through in the towel. Another example of shit refereeing in England
    I think the ref has the discretion to administer an 8 count if he thinks that the ropes were the only thing keeping a fighter upright. That wasn't the case in the Groves fight, but for Bute the ropes were sagging under his weight. Just saying the the ref's counter to that is that he thought Bute would have gone down without the support of the ropes, which is a marginally different thing to a standing 8.

    Nonetheless, I reckon Groves should have had more time considering the fact that he was winning the fight, but he was in a position where he could have taken a knee and if he rallied for two out of the last three would still have won. I think he deserves a rematch, and his style would cause Froch further problems again. Ward seems keen on a Froch rematch, but I don't think Ward's style is good for Froch either.

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    Default Re: No standing 8 counts in ANY championship fights. Froch - Groves related.

    WHY SHOULD GROVES HAVE GOT A STANDING 8 COUNT AND WHY SHOULD HE HAVE TAKEN A KNEE?

    as far as i can see the fight hadnt got to that point
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    Quote Originally Posted by erics44 View Post
    WHY SHOULD GROVES HAVE GOT A STANDING 8 COUNT AND WHY SHOULD HE HAVE TAKEN A KNEE?

    as far as i can see the fight hadnt got to that point
    Whether he was hurt or not, he was showing signs of distress, falling back and covering up and had taken flush shots. Regardless, it was a quick stoppage but how does anyone define quick?

    The refs job is to protect both fighters and it is left up to his discretion to decide when he thinks any fighter has to be protected. Yes I agree it was quick. If all fights were stopped as quick, Gatti Ward and Corralles Castillio would not have been the fghts they were.

    Groves needs to learn now that he has to bluff that hes in total control. Rather than put gloves up in his face and bounce off the ropes like Bute did, grab Froch, turn him, anything to keep the ref at bay or even to get the ref to intervene and buy time.

    It was stopped quick but how quick? It may have only been another shot or two but really its Groves fault for giving any reason for the ref to do what Froch and Hearn wanted him to.

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    Default Re: No standing 8 counts in ANY championship fights. Froch - Groves related.

    Quote Originally Posted by ross View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by erics44 View Post
    WHY SHOULD GROVES HAVE GOT A STANDING 8 COUNT AND WHY SHOULD HE HAVE TAKEN A KNEE?

    as far as i can see the fight hadnt got to that point
    Whether he was hurt or not, he was showing signs of distress, falling back and covering up and had taken flush shots. Regardless, it was a quick stoppage but how does anyone define quick?

    The refs job is to protect both fighters and it is left up to his discretion to decide when he thinks any fighter has to be protected. Yes I agree it was quick. If all fights were stopped as quick, Gatti Ward and Corralles Castillio would not have been the fghts they were.

    Groves needs to learn now that he has to bluff that hes in total control. Rather than put gloves up in his face and bounce off the ropes like Bute did, grab Froch, turn him, anything to keep the ref at bay or even to get the ref to intervene and buy time.

    It was stopped quick but how quick? It may have only been another shot or two but really its Groves fault for giving any reason for the ref to do what Froch and Hearn wanted him to.
    yes he was going through an uncomfortable moment

    not one where he was ready to go down so he didnt need a standing 8 count nor to take a knee

    and he definately didnt need to be stopped

    groves didnt give a reason he had his hands up and was throwing back
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