George Groves has named Paddy Fitzpatrick as his new trainer

Last Updated: 23/09/13 2:25pm

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George Groves: New trainer for Froch fight

George Groves: New trainer for Froch fight

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George Groves has announced he will be joining forces with trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick ahead of his fight with world champion Carl Froch on November 23.

Groves, who already had a close relationship with the Irishman, ended his long-time association with trainer Adam Booth last week.

"I am extremely happy to name Paddy Fitzpatrick as my new trainer going into what is the biggest fight of my life," said the former British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion.

"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."
George Groves

"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.

"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."

Experience

Fitzpatrick has spent much of his training career alongside Freddie Roach and Buddy McGirt at the Wild Card gym in Los Angeles, and in recent years has worked the corner for both Groves and former stablemate David Haye.

"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," added Groves.

"He has a great energy, both in the gym and on fight night, and I feel totally comfortable in his presence.

"I'm looking forward to working with Paddy on a full-time basis and I'm excited to start adding many more tools to my arsenal. By the time November 23 arrives, I'll be better than ever. And more than capable of dethroning Carl Froch."

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