George Groves Parts with Paddy Fitzpatrick Hires Shane McGuigan


George GrovesBritish super middleweight ‘Saint’ George Groves  (21-3, 16 KOs) has officially announced Shane McGuigan as his new trainer.

Groves, who narrowly lost a split decision against Badou Jack in Las Vegas for the WBC world championship belt in September, has made the announcement ahead of his return to the ring on January 30th when he will take on Italian Andrea Di Luisa (18-3, 14 KOS) at the Copper Box in London’s Olympic Park; live on Sky Sports.

McGuigan, 27, has fast developed a reputation as one of the most exciting coaches in the country; and Groves now joins his stable of boxers that already includes the likes of Carl Frampton and David Haye.

On making the announcement, Groves said, “I am happy and excited to be back and to be joining a new, exciting and dynamic team of young hungry fighters with a fantastic trainer.

”I’ve found the past few weeks working with Shane rejuvenating. I’m back punching hard, enjoying my boxing and am now eager to get back to winning ways.

”The loss earlier this year to Badou Jack was a close and frustrating one and I hope to avenge that defeat as soon as possible; starting on January 30th with a KO win.

”It’s a pleasure to be back headlining on Sky Sports and with the help of both my promoters Team Sauerland, as well as with Matchroom Sport, I am excited about our plans for 2016.

”I’m confident that now with the right coach I will reach the very top of the sport”.

Shane McGuigan said, “I am very pleased to be working with George; starting with his fight on January 30th at the Copper Box in London. George not only has the skill but more importantly the work ethic and dedication needed to become a World Champion; which is our ultimate goal. I am excited for the future working together”.

Groves’ promoter Kalle Sauerland added, “Shane has proven that he can not only form a World Champion but more importantly keep him there. This will be a ‘dream team’.”

Groves and McGuigan will both be attending a press conference at 12.00pm tomorrow (Thursday, December 17) at Trinity House in Tower Hill to discuss their new partnership and upcoming fight with Di Luisa on January 30 at the Copper Box.

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