George Groves names Shane McGuigan as his new trainer
By Pat McLoughlin
Last Updated: 16/12/15 4:53pm
George Groves has appointed Shane McGuigan as his new trainer.
The three-time super-middleweight world title challenger (21-3-KO16) made the announcement ahead of his ring return on January 30 when he will take on Italian Andrea Di Luisa (18-3-KO14) at the Copper Box in London's Olympic Park, live on Sky Sports.
Groves lost a split decision against Badou Jack in Las Vegas for the WBC belt in September, having twice lost to IBF and WBA champion Carl Froch.
He chose to part with cornerman Paddy Fitzpatrick after the Jack defeat which was on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather's final fight against Andre Berto.
Groves now joins the growing stable of McGuigan - son of former world champion Barry - which includes world super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton and former WBA heavyweight king David Haye.
Northern Irishman Frampton (21-0-KO14) will put his IBF title on the line against WBA world champion Scott Quigg (31-0-1-KO23) in February in Manchester.
Haye, meanwhile, will make his heavyweight comeback after three-and-a-half years out against Mark de Mori, on January 16.
Groves said: "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".
George not only has the skill but more importantly the work ethic and dedication needed to become a world champion
McGuigan, 27, said: "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 working together".
Groves' promoter Kalle Sauerland said: "Shane has proven that he can not only form a world champion but more importantly keep him there. This will be a 'dream team'."