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!”