Paddy Fitzpatrick has been unveiled as the new trainer of unbeaten super-middleweight George Groves. Following the announcement last week that long time trainer Adam Booth will no longer train him Groves moved quickly to draft in the Irishman to supervise his training ahead of his IBF world title challenge against champion Carl Froch. on 23 November.
Fitzpatrick has been involved in the training of Groves for a while so having a familiar face in his corner ahead of the most important fight of his career.
“Paddy and I have worked closely together in the past and already have a very good relationship, one built over many years,” said Groves.
“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.
Groves added: “Although this is a fresh change for me, I’m working with someone I know and respect, and someone who knows my game inside out. We both know how the other works, so it won’t take long to hit the ground running.”
Although relatively unknown Fitzpatrick has worked with respected trainers Freddie Roach and Buddy McGirt at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles.
The 25 year-old Groves believes Fitzpatrick is just the man he needs to guide him in his forthcoming world title challenge against Froch.
“His experience and knowledge of the game is world class and he is, without doubt, the perfect trainer to help me prepare for my next fight,” said Groves.“He has a great energy, both in the gym and on fight night, and I feel totally comfortable in his presence. By the time 23 November arrives, I’ll be better than ever – and more than capable of dethroning Carl Froch.”
September 23, 2013