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Groves convinced that Swindon stint will aid world title bid
GEORGE Groves is convinced his stint in Swindon will stand him in good stead when he goes toe-to-toe with world super-middleweight champion Carl Froch next month.
The 25-year-old has spent the last four weeks in the town being put through his paces by trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick at his Ferndale Road gym, where the pair have laid the groundwork for the November 23 bout with the Cobra.
Groves and Fitzpatrick held their final session in Swindon on Tuesday before moving on in search of top class sparring partners, but the west Londoner believes he got valuable work done in Wiltshire.
“Things are spot on and the team have really pushed me, and they understand what I need and what expertise I need to source,” he said.
“Paddy’s in charge of the boxing and we get it all done with some conditioning too along with running, sleeping and eating.
“This is my first chance to fight for a world title and you have to man up and take it seriously, and you have to be in control of your own destiny.
“The sessions are planned by me and executed by my team, and as long as they’re happy I’m happy.
“I’ve been in big fights before and you have to contain the excitement. You don’t think about being world champion and things like that because you have day to day business to get on with, and although that isn’t always nice it’s what you have to do.
“We’ve moved on now and we are stepping up the sparring, but it would be a bit difficult to bring sparring partners to Swindon.”
Groves began working with Fitzpatrick following his split from long-term coach Adam Booth in September, but having previously worked with the Swindon-based trainer in his capacity as Booth’s assistant he believes he’s the perfect man for the job.
“I first met Paddy two years ago,” Groves said.
“He’s this Irish guy who has lived in America and slept on the floor of Freddie Roach’s gym, and worked with some of the best fighters in the world, and I was like ‘where does he live?’ and then I found out he lives in Swindon.
“Swindon is lucky to have a gym like Paddy’s and we did some training together and I realised how experienced he is and how good a coach he is, and since he set this place up I’ve liked to pop down now and again because it has a really nice vibe.
“Having a new voice like Paddy’s is good because you can get stuck in your ways by doing things the same for too long, but saying that the good thing about Paddy is that he’s on my wavelength.
“We’ve worked together before so he knows what I like and what I like to do, and he hasn’t made wholesale changes to things and has tidied it up which is what I need.
“His gym doesn’t look much from the outside but the best places don’t, and there’s a great atmosphere and some great lads and Paddy runs a really tight ship and is really dedicated.”
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