Alec Swann - Who’s talking now George?

Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.
Northamptonshire Telegraph's sports writers Jon Dunham, Jim Lyon and Alec Swann.

Who likes the word comeuppance?

Perhaps it has never crossed your mind and I really wouldn’t be surprised if that was the case.

Let me put it another way, who had a chuckle when George Groves was flattened by Carl Froch last Saturday night?

Probably a good few of you and not because of the thoroughly professional performance produced by the Nottingham man but more in respect of a motormouth being quietened.

Just take a look at this pre-fight offering from the Londoner.

“Froch has insecurities and seeks reassurance. Before the first fight he was telling me that members of my team were telling him that he was going to win and spreading rumours that I’m getting knocked out in sparring.

“He needs to feel loved. He needs to be told constantly ‘you’re doing well, you’re doing great’.

“When I box Carl Froch, whether he’s mentally on his A Game or whether he falls to pieces he’s still not going to be quicker than me, he’s still not going to have better movement than me, he won’t have a better defence than me. I’m still going to hurt him every time I hit him.

“It doesn’t matter if he is on song, whether he trains harder than ever, whether he feels good in himself.

“It makes no difference to the facts. He’s in a big fight, he’s going to earn a lot of money, he’s going to retire after he loses.

“He’s in a fight he can’t win.”

Who looks the fool now?

I appreciate all of this bravado and trash talk is part of the whole boxing shebang and an uber-confident facade probably does more good than harm in such a physical profession, but being unable to walk the walk having talked the talk leaves you open to all that can be thrown and I’m not referring to a brute of a right-hand.

He isn’t the only one but it’s the freshest in the mind and, as such, the most relevant to the point being made.

Nobody, or nobody in their right mind, likes someone who shoots their mouth off and Groves really did get his comeuppance.

Who was in a fight he couldn’t win?