Boxing: Adam Booth confirms he is no longer working with George Groves ahead of Carl Froch fight

Groves is due to face the WBA and IBF world champion in November but his former trainer and manager confirms they have called off their partnership

George Groves has split with his former trainer and manager Adam Booth ahead of the biggest boxing match of his career when he takes on Carl Froch, it has been confirmed.

Super middleweight Groves takes on the WBA and IBF world champion Froch on November 23 at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester in one of the most eagerly anticipated domestic fight in recent years.

Rumours that the pair were no longer working together emerged last night although some said that Froch had begun them as an attempted mind game towards the 25-year-old.

However, the Daily Mail has had confirmation that they are no longer a partnership, although Booth moved swiftly to deny that the reasoning was due to Groves’ unhappiness at Booth’s handling of his financial matters.

Booth stood alongside David Haye on his rise through the cruiserweight ranks before becoming a heavyweight world champion, until he lost his title in the defeat to Vladimir Klitschko. Haye is currently on a comeback and he takes on Tyson Fury on September 28, and Booth also dismissed claims that Groves was unhappy with the amount of time he was splitting between the two.

“That’s got nothing to do with it,' Booth said when contacted last night. “[George] is over the moon with what he’s getting financially.

“I don’t for a second think that George or I will be talking about this publicly. The only assumption I could have come up with is that it’s internet speculation. No one I know well would lie that badly, it’s a pathetic bit of rumour.

“We don’t work together anymore, and that’s all I want to say. It’s categorically not anything to do with money.

“[Suggestions he’s not getting enough time with me] is also blind speculation.”

Froch, speaking to talkSport, didn’t hold back in beginning that trash talk between the pair – something he didn’t hesitate in giving at the press conference between the two – and he continued his tirade yesterday.

“It’s humbling for me. I don’t want to downplay George Groves but it [the interest in the fight] has not got a great deal to do with him,” claimed Froch.

“The career I have had - 11 world title fights back-to-back - I think people love watching me fight. They know what they are going to get. They are going to get an exciting fight, somebody who is in there trying to knock out the opponent. It’s a fantastic night of boxing when I am involved in it.

“There’s going to be a brutal knock-out and you best believe it isn’t going to be me getting knocked out!”

Carl Froch celebrates his win over Mikkel Kessler in May Carl Froch celebrates his win over Mikkel Kessler in May  

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£20000 - £25000 per annum + uncapped commission, Benefits, OTE £100k: SThree: ...

Guru Careers: Dining Room Head Chef

£32K: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Dining Room Head Chef to work for one of ...

Guru Careers: Pastry Sous Chef / Experienced Pastry Chef

£27K: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Pastry Sous Chef / Experienced Pastry Che...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£20000 - £25000 per annum + competitive: SThree: Are you a recent graduate loo...

Day In a Page

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine