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Groves' Trainer Worries That Froch Will Take a Beating

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."

Watch Froch v Groves II live on Sky Sports Box Office, May 31. Book online now at skysports.com/frochgroves2 or by calling 08442 410888

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Resilient on 05-29-2014

Paddy speaking the truth, Froch was taking some serious serious damage.

Comment by -Antonio- on 05-29-2014

I see this as a situation where Froch can correct his mistakes and fight a better plan where as Groves loses that advantage in the rematch. Froch's chin is still good enough to go the distance. Can we say the…

Comment by Chris Collins on 05-29-2014

That's very nice of you Paddy but you just worry about your boy, the ref will definitely not stop it early this time which could be very bad for Groves. So keep the towel handy.

Comment by Tobi.G on 05-29-2014

I like that Fitzpatrick-guy. i think hes a good trainer, seems to be a intelligent person and is wearing a cool hat.

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