Boxing: Carl Froch v George Groves announce rematch to take place at Wembley Stadium in May

The eagerly anticipated rematch is likely to break the British attendance record with a possible 80,000 set to turn out for what could be the biggest bout to take place on these shores

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Carl Froch will meet George Groves in their eagerly anticipated rematch in front of a packed out Wembley Stadium on May 31, boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed.

The Nottingham-born boxer will defend his IBF and WBA super-middleweight titles against the Londoner following their controversial bout last November, when Froch secured a ninth-round stoppage when referee Howard Foster appeared to stop the fight prematurely.

Groves was clearly in the lead at the time, but Froch had the 25-year-old troubled as he landed his best flurry of punches of the fight. The hatred between the two has been clear to see in the build-up to both fights, and they will clash in what will arguably be the biggest boxing event to take place on these shores.

The announcement does pose organisers a problem, with Roy Hodgson’s England side set to play in a World Cup warm-up the day before against Peru. It is thought that efforts to transform the stadium will run right up until the first bout on the undercard, with attempts to lay the correct ground on the Wembley turf as well as provide enough catering facilities for what could be a British record 80,000 fans – eclipsing the 55,000 that turned out for Ricky Hatton v Juan Lazcano at the City of Manchester (now Etihad) Stadium.

Froch said: "For me to be involved in an event like this is a very proud moment," he told Sky Sports News.

"With it being in the capital city as well, it just makes the whole history of the event phenomenal. It's fantastic because Wembley Stadium's massive.

"What's it going to hold, potentially 70,000, 80? If we did sell that, that would be phenomenal.

"Talk about making history, to go to a stadium like Wembley for such a big boxing match. Everybody's interested and it needs to be held at a big stadium really."

Hearn told “Ever since I walked out at Wembley I knew this was the one. Logistically we had some hurdles to overcome but the support of Wembley, The FA and Sky Sports have helped make history here. This is the first ever fight at the new Wembley Stadium and what better venue to stage the biggest British fight of all time.

“I’m proud to be involved in an event of this magnitude. Internationally the fight will broadcast live to over 100 countries around the world but ultimately this a night that will take British boxing to a new level. The rivalry is fierce; everything is on the line, quite simply: you need to be at Wembley on May 31st."

Tickets go on sale on March 10, with Hearn, Froch and Groves all eager to see a sell-out crowd to help boost both the atmosphere surrounding the fight and maximise their potential earnings from the blockbuster showdown.