By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
PADDY FITZPATRICK has revealed his fears for Carl Froch's health heading into this weekend's Wembley spectacular.
George Groves' trainer has written a letter to the British Boxing Board of Control to warn them that the defending IBF and WBA super-middleweight champion should not be in the ring.
But the Irish-born coach will still tell his man to do a number on Froch in front of 78,000 fans on Saturday night.
Groves, 26, put Froch down in the first round of their clash back in November and then hurt the 36-year-old with a number of big blows.
Froch came back to win the bout with a controversial ninth-round stoppage, but Fitzpatrick is concerned about the ageing champion's health going into the rematch.
He said: "I wrote a letter to the Board of Control after the last fight - before anyone knew there would be a rematch - saying I had serious concerns about his health.
"I wrote a full, concise letter and the Board of Control sent me back one line, saying 'We have your letter, we're in control of things'.
"I have serious concerns about Carl Froch's health, purely because Carl took more punishment than he ever did before.
"People die in his game every year. People get hurt in this game every year.
"We're in a sport which is a beautiful sport, but one which has serious consequences and we have to face them."
Froch will put Fitzpatrick's claims down as yet more mind games from the Groves camp, but the Swindon-based trainer insists he is not trying to wind up the three-time world champion.
He said: "If a grown man and his team want to say I'm only playing games and ignore me, then that's fine.
"He might take that as me being disrespectful or a slight to him, but no disrespect to him whatsoever. The man has achieved more with his little finger than I could have.
"I bow down to him and what he has achieved, but my fighter doesn't bow to him and what he has achieved nor should he because he's better than him.
"I'm not saying all this to wind him up, I'm saying this for the simple reason that this man took serious punishment from the first fight he does not want to be in the second fight.
"That makes it a dangerous fight for him. I've done what I can do. Now I can only let grown men be grown men."
Fitzpatrick was largely unknown in the UK when he took full charge of Groves' preparations just a few weeks before the first clash against Froch.
The Limerick-born trainer had been an assistant to Groves' previous coach Adam Booth, but was then promoted to main man when they parted company.
Fitzpatrick has travelled the world learning his trade including time in American and Germany, and he worked with some big names in the sport in LA as part of legendary trainer Freddie Roach's team.
Now he believes Groves will be an even better fighter now he has had more time to mentor him.
He added: "This time we've had six months together and we're in a great place with George. He is going to shine."
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