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Froch Does Double Over GG in Boxing Bonanza

While the French Open tennis continues to create great greenygrey wall-to-wall advertising, there was only one place to be on the weekend, and that was Wembley Stadium. On Saturday night Carl Froch became one of British boxing’s all-time greats with a stunning knock-out win over George Groves, who had fought hard, and was looking as if he was getting on top until the Cobra struck.

Wembley Stadium Great greenYgrey Display

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams, satirical comedy sports correspondent at the Greenygrey inspired by darts legend Martin ‘Wolfie’ Adams.

Wembley Stadium looked greenYgrey great on Saturday night, with the roof looking green and grey and the arch yellow. I couldn’t quickly find such a photo, so this different one will have to do.

It has all the ‘y + g x 2’ elements, just arranged in a different way.

Wembley Stadium Build-Up

It was a great weekend at Wembley, with England leaving for World Cup 2014 in Brazil with a 3-0 friendly win over Peru on Friday night.

Then there was a great night of boxing at Wembley Stadium before the Froch v Groves fight, with a strong undercard of fights including wins for Joshua, McDonnell and DeGale.

Carl Froch History 

English: An English boxer, Carl Froch
English: Carl Froch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carl Froch was of course honoured with the first greenYgrey lone wolf award at the end of May last year, winning the name Canis Froch in the greenYgrey world.

Since then, he beat George Groves in their first fight, but the decision was controversial, after Groves was on top in the early rounds before being stopped too early in most people’s view after Froch got on top in rounds 8 and 9.

Froch v Groves II

It was like deja vu between the above two on Saturday night, as Froch won again versus Groves, in another fight at the end of May.

The early rounds were cagey, with Froch dominating the centre of the ring, and Groves looking for chances.

British boxer Carl Froch
Froch with the greenYgrey WBC belt. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Froch lived up to his Canis Froch name during these rounds, as confirmed by Martyn Herman in the Standard: ‘Froch’s durability rather than his style has been his trademark down the years…’

However, it was Froch’s own Cobra epithet that won him the fight. As Groves looked to be getting on top in rounds 7 and 8, Froch unleashed a stunning punch with the speed of a cobra strike that ended Groves’s brave attempt at the WBA and IBF titles.

Wembley’s arch had looked golden great, evoking memories of the Olympics 2012 greenygrey games, but Froch eclipsed it on Saturday night.

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Carl Froch: and other Great British Lone Wolves

Hi, it’s Martin ‘Werewolfie’ Adams, sports correspondent at the Greenygrey. The killers of Lee Rigby continue to be called lone wolves, even though it’s becoming increasingly clear they were not acting alone; adding to the fact that there were two of them anyway!

If anyone was a lone wolf it was Lee Rigby, who was alone and defenceless against humans with lots of weapons.

Although this is trivial compared to Rigby’s loss, we believe we must try and lift gloom to spirit at the Greenygrey, and using humour is one way.

 Wolf Epithets are Usually Used Negatively 

Lone Wolf the Younger, Kiowa
Lone Wolf the Younger, Kiowa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wolf epithets are usually used negatively in modern monotheistic society, whereas in pagan societies they were considered an honour to be achieved.

She-wolves for competitive women is another one; as used by Helen Castor in a book about queens who fought for power; adapted to a BBC history series. Some strong ambitious women might hopefully look on it as a positive epithet though?

The same is true for lone-wolf. It could be used positively or negatively, but is usually used negatively; most often in terrorism cases these days it seems.

It could also be used for sportspeople, such as boxers and athletes, who have to train alone for long periods, and then try to outlast their opponents; as wolves often hunt by endurance.

British boxer Carl Froch
British boxer Carl Froch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At the Greenygrey we like the wolf boxers rather than than the gazelles; and in athletics we like runners who lead from the front, reminiscent of endurance wolves rather than cheetah sprinters (we like gazelles and cheetahs too!).

Carl Froch and Amir Khan: Worthy of Wolfdom 

Carl Froch proved himself worthy of wolfdom last night when he wore down his opponent Mikkel Kessler, fighting more like a wolf than his original epithet of cobra. Kessler had won their first meeting in Denmark, and both fighters put on another great fight.

English: Amir Khan champion Boxer and future b...
English: Amir Khan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We particularly like Froch at the Greenygrey, because he looks quite wolflike, with his big eyes and big nose; like our ol’ pal Marc Latham. He also fights like a brave wolf, and diligently trains to keep himself at wolflike endurance.

We therefore bestow on Carl Froch the first Greenygrey honourable lone wolf name: Canis Froch. The scientific name for a wolf is canis lupus.

We also consider Amir Khan worthy of wolfdom, after doing Britain proud in the Athens 2004 Olympics, and having some great boxing battles in his professional career; and having a big nose. We bestow on him the honourable lone wolf name Amir Canis.

Paula Radcliffe and Kelly Holmes: Worthy of Wolfdom 

Radcliffe at the 2011 Berlin marathon.
Radcliffe at the 2011 Berlin marathon. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For women worthy of wolfdom we must move to the sport of athletics, although Nicola Adams proved she had the potential to be a great she-lone-wolf at the London 2012 Olympics.

Paula Radcliffe never managed to win Olympic gold, but was a great runner who won the World Championships and broke the world record several times. She also  liked to lead from the front, wearing her opponents down with lone wolf endurance from early in a race. We bestow on her the honourable lone wolf name of Paula Radcanis.

And last but not least, Kelly Holmes liked to lead from the front going into the home straight, reminiscent of Cathy leading from the front as the Werewolf of Ozzers enter the final straight of their epic Ozyssey. We bestow on her the honourable lone wolf name of Kelly Dens.

Kelly on her lap of honour after winning the 1...
Kelly on her lap of honour after winning the 1500m final (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I hope none of them come hunting for my job now!

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