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Sep
2018

EXCLUSIVE: ‘George Groves at his fittest ever, mojo back following world title win’ – Shane McGuigan

Joe Hewlett 15/02/2018

The hugely-anticipated match-up between George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr is just days away from taking place in Manchester.

The winner will move one step closer to winning the inaugural Muhammed Ali trophy and receiving a lucrative paycheque.

WBN was present for the last press-conference between the pair in Manchester and the Brits continued to exchange verbal encounters. Boxing analysts have cast mixed predictions ahead of the all-British blockbuster, with some stating the stamina of Groves could be his downfall if the fight goes the distance.

However, his trainer has laughed off those claims.

Shane McGuigan exclusively told World Boxing News: “He’s the fittest I’ve ever seen him in the gym. He’s normally playing second fiddle to Josh in the gym, but Josh is definitely second in the gym at the moment because George is so fit and strong right now. They do their circuits together and run together, it’s good to see both pushing each other on.

“George never lacks hunger or the ambition to succeed. He comes to the gym early every day, is very professional and trains very hard. He does everything you ask of him to do. Since becoming world champion, I feel that his mojo is back. He’s now got the belt he always believed he’d have.”

McGuigan was left to pick up the pieces after Groves suffered another antagonising world title defeat to the hands of Badou Jack. The progression of the ‘Saint’ has been as clear as daylight since linking up with McGuigan. The duo have found the winning recipe, recording six victories whilst picking up a world title along the way.

Analysing his performances in the past, the highly respected trainer believes the 29-year-old is only getting better with age.

“He boxed right until the end against Martin Murray. The two of them were exhausted at the end of the fight, it was very physical, a very high paced fight. He then unfortunately boxed against Gutknecht, which ended in terrible circumstances after the fight. But if you looked at George’s engine during that fight you could see the improvements from the Murray fight.

“It’s a guy who I took on at the time who’d been Cobra’d, what sort of expression is that? Or he’d been Froch’d? He didn’t start well against Badou Jack and lost on a split decision. He did so many things wrong for that fight. It’d have to be at the weight above or a catchweight but I’d love for that fight to happen again.”

Referring to Eubank Jr, he concluded: “It was the same with Jamie Cox, everyone said he’s an unproven guy but is a fantastic gym guy – just like Jr – all of his sparring, chinning people, he’s amazing, he’s this and that. And then George hit him with a body shot in round 4 and he was useless. But don’t forget, Cox is a good fighter and he’ll come back again just like Jr can.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95