GEORGE GROVES’ training has developed. He split with Adam Booth ahead of his first fight with Carl Froch in 2013 and was trained by Paddy Fitzpatrick for his subsequent world title fights up to the loss to Badou Jack. After that he linked up with Shane McGuigan with whom he won the WBA super-middleweight crown.
“It is difficult finding a trainer. I was fortunate working with Adam because he was a good trainer, he showed a lot of interest in me although I had to work hard for it. But it was there and it worked for a certain amount of time. Moving on to Fitzpatrick, I knew it wasn’t right but I got so much stick for moving on in the first place and it was so difficult finding a trainer that I stayed in that situation for too long and in many ways I was training myself. And you put emphasis on stuff that you can control,” Groves said. “The boxing side of things just wasn’t right. If I go back and assess it now with a bit of hindsight, which is lovely, I feel that tactics were just continuously wrong. He was training all the goodness out of me, trying to make me into a fighter that doesn’t suit me, a fighter that I don’t want to be. As I say because of that you start thinking, ‘Well, I’ll just get fitter, I’ll just get lighter, I’ll get stronger, I’ll run faster, I’ll do more runs.’ I’ll do all the things that are easily controllable and sort of get you through camp. Tick all the boxes there. I wasn’t quite happy with the sparring, not sure why I’ve just done eight weeks of pads where I’ve been discouraged from punching hard because I’ve got so much ‘natural power’ and all this stuff. It took a while to come away from that, realise this ain’t right.