GEORGE GROVES SPLITS WITH FITZPATRICK, LOOKS FOR NEW TRAINER

By Elliot Foster [@freelancefoz]

George Groves is looking for a new trainer after splitting with Paddy Fitzpatrick.

The Hammersmith super middleweight has left the Irishman in the aftermath of his third world title defeat last month.

Groves dropped a split decision to WBC champion Badou Jack at the MGM Grand on September 12, on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather’s farewell world welterweight title defence against Andre Berto.

And his hunt for a new coach comes after he made a u-turn following the defeat.

He admits that, after his third loss in his past five outings, thoughts entered his head about quitting the game, but he has now battled that idea and has said that he will return, although it is unclear who he’ll face or when we’ll see him back in action.

“I’m no longer with my coach Paddy Fitzpatrick,” Groves told Sky Sports.

“After the last fight, I think he came to terms with the fact that we just didn’t gel. His style of training didn’t really work with my style of fighting.”

Groves has confirmed that he will “categorically never” work with former mentor Adam Booth again, but has stopped short of ruling out working with former Carl Froch trainer Robert McCracken.

“I think Rob is a great trainer,” Groves continued, “one of the most successful trainers in the UK at the moment.

“If you can’t beat them, join them.

“If [McCracken] was still training Froch, it would be a problem.

“I wouldn’t be opposed to it. In boxing, you have no enemies: one week you are at loggerheads with someone, then the next week it all works out.”

Not only has Groves earmarked McCracken as a potential replacement in the coaching department, he was also full of praise for Carl Frampton’s tutor Shane McGuigan and American duo Freddie Roach and Virgil Hunter.

Concluding, the 27-year-old said: “I want to go on, achieve more, be involved in big fights, win world titles, defend them and unify them and that’s still the case.”

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