Froch-Groves ref backed by board

THE CONTENTIOUS call to stop Carl Froch and George Groves’ super-middleweight world title fight in the ninth round on Saturday has been backed by the British Boxing Board of Control.

Referee Howard Foster came under fire after his decision to intervene and award Froch the win, despite Groves seemingly being ahead in the contest.

But BBBC secretary Robert Smith said: “It’s easy for people to make comments when they look at slow motion replays and analyse it, but Howard had a split second to make that decision and I support it.”