George Groves has split with trainer Adam Booth just months before his world title fight with Carl Froch, reports Sky Sports.

George Groves is set to challenge Froch for his IBF and WBA Super-middleweight titles in Manchester on November 23 but, if true, a split with Booth would be a major setback for 'St George'.

Booth, who also trains David Haye, has been in Groves corner since the Londoner turned pro in 2008 and the pair have worked closely to build up a 19-0 record, which includes an impressive win over bitter rival James DeGale.

But now reports have surfaced that the pair have gone their separate ways with Booth concentrating on Haye's upcoming bout with Tyson Fury.

Sky Sports Head of Boxing, Adam Smith, has said: "The word that we are hearing is that there may have been a split between George and his long-time trainer Adam Booth, which obviously is a huge piece of news if it's true, because Adam has been very tight with both George and David Haye, who's obviously 11 days away from his fight with Tyson Fury.

"The Hayemaker camp has been pretty well-knit in the past few years. Adam Booth has been a master tactician for George Groves, in the fight where he beat James DeGale for example, and it's a real tight bond that they have down in south London.

"What we're hearing is that there is a split and Adam won't really comment on it and George didn't really want to talk about it but I believe it's true, but we'll just have to wait and see. I should think we will find out for definite in the next couple of days."

The fight against Froch is undoubtedly the biggest of Groves' career and he'll have to move quickly to appoint a new man should the rumours be true, especially with the influence Booth has had on the 25-year-old's previous successes.

Smith added: "Obviously George starts as the underdog against Carl Froch and many of us believe that if there is a person to provide a game plan to get the better of Carl, or certainly give George his best chance, it would be someone like Adam.

"He's often gone to the drawing board and worked out ways maybe to beat a better fighter in a way. That's what happened with George and DeGale. Most people fancied DeGale and George won that night, so Adam got a lot of credit."

During his time with Haye, Booth has been renowned for playing mind-games, something Smith acknowledged as a possibility, saying: "It could of course be a smokescreen, there is a possibility of that. They do like their tactical games as well in that particular camp.

"Maybe they are just trying to mentally sort of unrest Carl Froch in some shape or form, but what I'm hearing is that Adam and George have split."

The fight takes place at the recently renamed Phones4U Arena (formerly the M.E.N) in Manchester and, such is the excitement of British boxing fans, tickets sold out in little over ten minutes.

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