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George Groves reveals Shane McGuigan as new trainer

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Groves (r) tags Badou Jack ith the right but he was floored and dropped a split decision. Photo: Getty Images

George Groves (R) was able to tag Badou Jack but was floored in this bout and dropped a split decision in September. Photo: Ezra Shaw – Getty Images

British super middleweight “Saint” George Groves (21-3, 16 knockouts) has officially announced Shane McGuigan as his new trainer.

Groves, who lost a split decision to Badou Jack for the WBC title in September, has made the announcement ahead of his return to the ring on Jan. 30 when he will take on Italian Andrea Di Luisa (18-3, 14 KOS) in London.

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

Groves, rated No. 6 by THE RING at 168 pounds, said in a press release, “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 30 with a KO win.

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

McGuigan said, “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 develop a world champion but more importantly keep him there. This will be a ‘dream team’.”

Information courtesy of a press release issued by Sauerland Promotions