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Swindon coach Fitzpatrick to train world title hopeful Groves
SWINDON boxing coach Paddy Fitzpatrick will treat George Groves’ world title fight against Carl Froch as ‘just another fight’ after being announced as the Londoner’s new trainer.
Groves split from long-term trainer Adam Booth last week and yesterday revealed Fitzpatrick will train him for the biggest fight of his career.
Fitzpatrick is no stranger to Groves having assisted Booth with previous training camps including the Hammersmith boxer’s British and Commonwealth title triumph against James DeGale back in 2011.
Having anticipated being just an excited boxing fan on November 23 when Groves takes on Froch in Manchester, Fitzpatrick will now lead the 25-year-old’s bid to to win the Nottingham boxer’s WBA and IBF super-middleweight belts.
Speaking exclusively to the Swindon Advertiser, Fitzpatrick said: “This is just another fight for me.
“I was really looking forward to watching the fight, just like any boxing fan is but now I have a job to do for George.
“I am happy for George because this is the kind of fight every young boxer dreams of.
“I don’t know what went on between George and Adam and to be honest I’m no interested in that.
“George just came to me and asked me to train him and I said ‘yes’.
“Mentally he is very strong so I have no concerns.
“George knows what he is doing and obviously he had a winning formula with Adam and I’m not about to throw all of that out of the window.
“We’ll maybe introduce a bit more sparring but then it’s down to me to work out the gameplan rather than sitting down with Adam as we have done in previous camps.”
The bookmakers have already installed WBA and IBF champion Froch as an odds-on favourite but that doesn’t concern Fitzpatrick.
“George is a very strong character and we’ll see what happens on November 23,” added Fitzpatrick.
“You have to have the utmost respect for Carl Froch because he has proven himself at the top level.
“Carl Froch has fought the very best opposition out there back to back to back for the last few years, that’s something you can only really say of people like Floyd Mayweather and Bernard Hopkins.
“People are saying it is too early for George but they said that about the DeGale fight and they were proved wrong.
“We will find out on November 23. Sure George is in for the fight of his life but who is to say this is too early for him? It’s all about what happens on the night.”
Groves, who will split his training between London and Fitzpatrick’s Swindon boxing gym, said of the new link-up: “I am extremely happy to name Paddy Fitzpatrick as my new trainer going into what is the biggest fight of my life.
“Paddy and I have worked closely together in the past and already have a very good relationship, one built over many years.
“Not only has he worked my corner for important fights, we have also spent a lot of time together when abroad on training camps, where Paddy has overseen a number of significant sessions.”
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