UK-based trainer Shane McGuigan is currently working with George Groves to get him ready for the defence of his WBA [Super] super-middleweight title against Jamie Cox on Saturday in the World Boxing Super Series.
It will be the first fight for McGuigan since he parted company with David Haye and Carl Frampton earlier this term, after an underwhelming year, losing three fights within a span of six months since last November.
It all came during a period where he was considered one of the leading British trainers in boxing.
That was before Conrad Cummings lost to Ronnie Mittag, then Frampton was defeated by Leo Santa Cruz in their rematch in January and lastly Bellew secured the win against an injured Haye in March.
Haye has since appointed Cuba’s Ismael Salas while Frampton is working under the guidance of Jamie Moore.
However, McGuigan has spoken for the first time since the splits, admitting he has no regrets regarding the outcome of those associations.
Speaking to Press Association Sport, the 28-year-old was asked if it was disappointing, to which he replied: “No, not at all.”
He emphasises that those partnerships ended on good terms, without any animosity.
“The biggest thing is continuing and having respect for one another; not having a bitter taste in your mouth, and there's no bitter taste in my mouth,” McGuigan added.
“Do I feel I need to prove myself again? No, not at all. I led George Groves to a world title, and Josh Taylor dismantled Ohara Davies. I'm there for them, for their safety. I don't give a c**p about my reputation. If I really cared about it I'd be boxing.”
The Brit also had to delay his own honeymoon with wife Sophie by ten months, as he was busy training some of the elites in the sport.
He continued: “[Me and Cummings] didn't lose: that's it. The only thing I was annoyed at was he didn't perform. He won the fight but didn't perform.
“David snapped his Achilles and was four rounds to one up before he snapped it, and Carl lost a majority decision to an elite fighter, didn't perform to the best of his ability.
“It's great: I've (now) got more time in the day and can put a little bit more into George Groves. We're in a tough fight against Jamie Cox and are going to need all that time to prepare for this. He's a good fighter.”
It remains to be seen if McGuigan can successfully guide Groves to success in the World Boxing Super Series this Saturday, with an exciting semi-final clash against Chris Eubank Jr at stake.
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