Shane McGuigan adds to firepower as George Groves joins Battersea stable

Shane McGuigan
Shane McGuigan

Trainer Shane McGuigan has added another fighter to his ever expanding Battersea Gym in London.

McGuigan – who will be in Carl Frampton’s corner for the IBF and WBA World title clash against Scott Quigg in Manchester on February 27 – will now work with three-time World title challanger Groves.

The talented Groves joins McGuigan’s packed stable as he will work alongside Frampton, David Haye, Anthony Cacace, Conrad Cummings, Josh Warrington and Josh Taylor.

Groves has challenged for a World title on three different occassions as he has lost twice to Carl Froch and was also unsuccessful against Badou Jack for the American’s WBC World title.

But McGuigan believes Groves has the talent to take that final step to becoming a World champion.

“I am very pleased to be working with George, starting with his fight on January 30.

“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 as we work together. The gym is going from strength to strength at the minute and the whole place is buzzing.

“We have Carl Frampton fighting Scott Quigg in February and David Haye will be out again soon. There are a number of up and coming fighters at the gym, so it’s exciting times,” he added.

Groves returns to action on January 30 when he will take on Italian Andrea Di Luisa at the Copper Box in London’s Olympic Park.

And he says he is pleased to work with up and coming trainer McGuigan.

“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.

“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”.