By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
GEORGE GROVES’ trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick has warned Badou Jack anything he can do his man will do better.
Irishman Fitzpatrick is confident Groves will deliver when he takes on WBC super-middleweight champion Jack in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Stockholm-born Jack, 31, won the title in April by beating Anthony Dirrell but was forced to fight Groves as he is the mandatory challenge.
And Fitzpatrick does not believe the champion has anything that can trouble his man.
He said: “He's a fundamentalist, a bit like Andre Ward with his stance, he is very physical when he is inside and he understands distances very well, he feints pretty good and he has a good jab.
“But every single thing he does, George does better.
“I think he is expecting to be better inside than George and I think the latest thing with George that has been added is that he is very solid inside so he will get surprised by that.
“Jack’s best attribute is his jab and his understanding the distance.
“There are ways to take a man's jab away, there's power shots coming over the top which will make him think twice about letting his jab go but then you could get a power shot exchange.
“There are not too many jabs in any division that can break your heart every time you get hit with it but George beats him on every level.
“All the attributes I have pointed out about Jack, George does them better.
“He will come out and start quick because he will be more anxious than George.
“George has dealt with more anxious situations and kept his composure whereas he is now dealing with the situation which is the hardest one - to win the world title.
“George doesn't need to rush, he doesn't need to engage because as soon as fight starts he is better in every department.”
Fitzpatrick was criticised by Carl Froch before Groves’ rematch with the former WBA and IBF champion.
Froch mocked Fitzpatrick’s inexperience but the Irish coach insists he does not have anything to prove and the fight will be treated just like any other by him.
He said: “Whoever decides it's my biggest night then for them it is but it's not, it's just a fight.
“I've worked with 11 world champions before, I was assistant and I worked with them.
“A fight's a fight. It's not a problem to me. I understand I have to keep my composure the same as a fighter but I'm not the one getting hit in the teeth.
“My job is to keep my composure, see what he's doing right and remind him of a few things he still needs to do. I just watch it unfold as it happens and adjust.”
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