Dan Rafael: Georges Groves

Another trainer change for Price

December, 26, 2013
PriceScott Heavey/Getty ImagesHeavyweight contender David Price hopes a new trainer will help him get out of the slump.

In mid-October, highly regarded British heavyweight prospect David Price, a 2008 Olympic bronze medalist at super heavyweight, announced he had switched trainers, leaving longtime cornerman Franny Smith to work with Adam Booth, who has had success with former titleholder David Haye and super middleweight contender George Groves.

The 30-year-old Price (15-2, 13 KOs), the 2012 ESPN.com prospect of the year, said at the time that he believed Booth would be the right man to help him get back on track after back-to-back shocking knockouts losses to American contender Tony Thompson earlier this year.

Then Price signed with German promoter Sauerland Event and his return was planned for Dec. 14 against Evgeny Orlov. But Price came down with a virus and withdrew from the fight.

Then came word on Thursday that Price had cut ties with Booth and has hired American trainer Tommy Brooks, an experienced trainer who has worked with a number of heavyweights, including Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and brothers Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko.

Price made the announcement, adding that Brooks would come to his hometown of Liverpool, England, for training camps.

“I have been waiting for the phone to ring to work with a fighter who can make it to the top,” Brooks said. “The heavyweight division is becoming very exciting again with a fresh, young crop of talent coming through, and Britain has some of the best prospects, but David has all the attributes needed to dominate the division.”

Their first fight together will be the rescheduled bout with Orlov (14-12-1, 10 KOs), which will take place on Jan. 25 in Stutgart, Germany on the undercard of the rematch between cruiserweight titlist Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KOs) and Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KOs).

As for the reason Price split with Booth?

“All was good with Adam but we couldn't reach an agreement on my management situation, so he stepped down,” Price said. “I got Tommy over straight away as there's no time to waste, and I liked him and his training methods.”

Froch-Groves finds U.S. TV home

October, 28, 2013
Since the fight was made I have been looking forward to seeing super middleweight titlist Carl Froch’s defense against British countryman George Groves on Nov. 23 at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester. I think it’ll be a highly entertaining fight, one that also has significance in a good division.

But where, oh where, would it air in the United States, if anywhere? HBO has the Manny Pacquiao-Brandon Rios pay-per-view that day, so that was a nonstarter. Showtime only does business with Golden Boy these days, no exceptions. It would have been an obvious fight for Epix, but it is out of the boxing business, hopefully only for the time being.

Now we have our answer -- the fight will air live in the U.S. on AWE (and also stream on awetv.com.) AWE (the former WealthTV), is available nationally on a very limited basis, but the streams it has for fights have been flawless.