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Nottingham boxer Carl Froch: Fight prediction 'not fix'

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Media captionCarl Froch said the comments were "light hearted" and had been taken out of context

Boxer Carl Froch has said comments he made about prolonging a title fight to enable relatives to benefit financially were not meant to be taken seriously.

Speaking on BBC Radio Nottingham he said he could have finished his 2005 Commonwealth title defence against Ruben Groenewald earlier than he did.

The former WBC Super Middleweight champion said that the comments were not meant to be taken seriously.

The British Boxing Board of Control has said it would speak to Froch.

The Nottingham boxer said he could have finished the fight in the fourth round but deliberately avoided doing so because of bets made on it finishing in the fifth.

Carl Froch said: "I predicted that I would knock a guy out in a certain round and I went on to do that.

"In all honesty the comments I made on the radio were throw away comments not to be taken seriously or out of context. It was never held up."

He originally said on the radio on Friday: "I can say, 'right, I'll stop this kid in round five'. If I'm good enough to do that then fair enough.

"I don't gamble but my brothers and my friends, they did quite well off it."

The 34-year-old, nicknamed the Cobra, said on Monday that in hindsight he should not have made the comments.

"There's a difference between predicting a fight and match fixing.

"A fight prediction is something that fighters are allowed to do to generate media attention and a bit of hype.

"I addressed this in my autobiography which was published more than two years ago, so it's old news really," he said.

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