Groves to stick with Swindon trainer Fitzpatrick

Swindon Advertiser: George Groves, left, with Paddy Fitzpatrick George Groves, left, with Paddy Fitzpatrick

GEORGE Groves says Swindon trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick is the right man to help him realise his world title dream.

The pair teamed up for Groves’ world title fight against Carl Froch last month and will now continue their partnership according to the London super middleweight.

Groves, who was controversially stopped against Froch in Manchester, told the Swindon Advertiser: “Paddy was my first choice (following the split from previous trainer Adam Booth).

“He is a great asset and he will continue to be that so long as he wants to be. I’d like to work with Paddy for the rest of my career.

“I knew he was the right man to get me in shape. We think along the same lines and for the last fight we were definitely on the same page in the way we approached the fight.”

The 25-year-old praised the part Fitzpatrick played in his clash with Froch, adding: “I think me and Paddy showed that we knew a bit more than a few others did.

“It’s great to have Paddy’s knowledge in there.

“We had a great camp, obviously I knew Paddy from working together before (with Adam Booth).

“We didn’t have to get to know each other or force the chemistry.

“I knew he was the right man for the job.

“He was excellent (on fight night). He looked the part, speaks well and I was getting the right instructions in the corner.

“If I look back I know I was getting the right instructions in the corner. He has one minute to deliver clear and concise instructions to help me in the next round and I was getting that.

“There wasn’t one moment where I sat down and felt I wasn’t getting that or felt what he was trying to tell me was wrong.”

Speaking after his first training session with Fitzpatrick since the Froch fight, Groves said he was delighted to be back in Swindon training once again.

“It’s good to be back down in this gym with good vibes working with Paddy,” added Groves. “It’s going to take a bit of time to get used to his new facial hair but other than that everything else is how it should be.

“This gym is a nice place, has a friendly atmosphere and good lads whether they are taking their boxing seriously or just here to stay fit.

“The gym has good vibes and the atmosphere is hard to achieve. That is all down to Paddy’s nature. He runs a tight ship but a fun ship.”

Groves revealed the pair will continue to split training between Swindon and London and claimed Fitzpatrick has the knowledge to take him towards that elusive world title.

“At the moment we won’t be flat out but we’ll be doing punching sessions three or four times a week,” said Groves. “I’ll be down here regularly enough.

“It keeps it fresh (training in Swindon), keeps it exciting and I have everything I need in this gym. It’s nice to break it up.

“It’s the first day back after the fight and I can tell Paddy’s brain is already bubbling around with new ideas and I can’t wait to get stuck in and hear them.

“Whether he wants to come up to London or I drive down here I don’t really mind. Swindon’s a nice place and it’s just down the M4 for me.

“It’s nice to break it up.

“Some people have a 9-5 and go to the same place of work everyday for work can get a bit monotonous and use different gyms and it keeps it fresh, keeps it exciting. everything I need is in this gym.

“We are going to work together but we are not going to be forced to work together.

“Paddy has a lot of knowledge and he passes his knowledge on very well. He has loads of loads of experience where he has worked with a lot of experienced coaches.

“He talks about things he’s learnt from being in different gyms so he is clearly open to expanding his knowledge much like I am. We are working towards perfection.”


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