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George Groves’s trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick believes his fighter has a mental edge over Carl Froch ahead of their May 31 rematch at Wembley and he is confident there will be a “changing of the guard”.
The ongoing feud between the two boxers was reignited on Monday afternoon as they held a first press conference at Wembley ahead of their eagerly-awaited second showdown in just over two months’ time.
Groves continued his mind games, which was a feature in the build up to last November’s first bout in Manchester, by playing with a Rubik’s cube while Froch spoke and the Nottingham fighter later responded by shoving the Londoner as they went face-to-face on the pitch.
Looking at the two fighters Fitzpatrick feels that Groves has a definite advantage over Froch as he looks to avenge his controversial ninth round stoppage in the first meeting and snatch his WBA and IBF world super-middleweight belts in the process.
“I think anyone that spends time around both of them when they are together would say that George is more comfortable around his presence then he is in George’s,” said Fitzpatrick to Sky Sports.
Having watched Groves floor Froch in the first round and hurt him throughout their previous fight, Fitzpatrick has vowed that he will help the 25-year-old be “even better” in order to pull off a victory this time.
He added: “We’ve got to get everything more correct and polish everything that you did the first time that worked, we’ll make it even better, add another tool in there that we can bring out of the box and I’d agree with you, he’s a dangerous human being. He can take a massive amount of punishment.
“I believe you’re going to see a changing of the guard yeah. It’s going to be a hell of a fight while it lasts.”