British super middleweight contender George Groves announced Wednesday that he has hired trainer Shane McGuigan after paring ways with Paddy Fitzpatrick, whom he hired to replace Adam Booth a few fights before that.
Groves (21-3,16 KOs) will have McGuigan in his corner when he faces Italy’s Andrea Di Luisa (18-3) on Jan. 30 at the Copper Box in London, Groves’ hometown. The fight will be Groves’ first since losing a split decision challenging world titleholder Badou Jack on Sept. 12 in Las Vegas on the Floyd Mayweather-Andre Berto undercard. Groves’ other two losses were also in world title bouts, knockouts to countryman Carl Froch.
“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,” Groves said. “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 Jan. 30 with a KO win. I'm confident that now with the right coach I will reach the very top of the sport.”
McGuigan, 27, is the son of Hall of Famer Barry McGuigan and the trainer of junior featherweight titleholder Carl Frampton.
“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,” McGuigan said. “I am excited for the future working together.”