Londoner George Groves finally put his demons to rest as he captured the super-middleweight title in his fourth attempt at glory.
Groves had been on the receiving end of previous world challenges against Carl Froch and Badou Jack, but Shane McGuigan has helped reinvigorate ‘The Saint,’ leading him to victory over Fedor Chudinov via TKO of round six.
Boxing icon Barry McGuigan revealed his sheer delight for the Brit.
“I’m absolutely thrilled for George because he’s such a lovely fella. I just don’t think he had the relationship with the other coaches that he has had with Shane,” McGuigan exclusively told World Boxing News
“The fighter, trainer relationship has to have that level of trust. It’s almost unspeakable, you can not articulate it and it’s an unspoken core which takes time to build up. That’s one side of it and then it’s a case of ‘how do I make my fighter better? How do I strengthen him and build up his weaknesses?’ That’s what Shane has with the boxing intelligence and ability to do, you either have it or you don’t.
“You can teach a guy just like a boxer to a certain extent but at the highest level you must have the innate intelligence nobody can give you. I’m pleased to say he has it and is really great at doing that. George is such a super guy and I think he values it (with Shane) and all his other fights do too. I’m very proud of that.”
Groves will enter the WSSB as the number one seed and will take on fellow rival Jamie Cox in the quarter finals in a fight recently confirmed for October 14 at Wembley Arena.
The winner of the tournament will have the bragging rights of holding the WBA ‘super, WBC Diamond and IBO titles – as well as the inaugural Muhammed Ali trophy.
It will be the first tournament involving super-middleweights since Andre Ward defeated Carl Froch in the final to win the ‘Super Six Series.’
McGuigan believes it will take time to assess whether the tournament is a success.
“It sounds great but we’ll wait and see. We’ll make our judgement when it happens. It seems a great event and great for the boxers financially but we have to be cautious because we had the Super Six all those years ago. But it seems to be a very good concept,” he said.
The WBSS will begin in September with the likes of Callum Smith and Chris Eubank Jr also involved. The knock-out tournament also entails the worlds best cruiserweights with Marco Huck and Mairis Briedis competing with six others at 200 pounds.
The events will be distributed by Sauerland Promotions and Richard Schaefer’s Ringstar Sports.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95