• Super-middleweight

Groves in £100k dispute with ex-trainer

ESPN staff
November 6, 2013
Adam Booth claims George Groves owes him management fees for his upcoming fight with Carl Froch © Getty Images

George Groves' preparations for his super-middleweight showdown with Carl Froch have been disrupted by a £100,000 legal dispute with former trainer Adam Booth.

Groves faces WBA and IBF champion Froch in Manchester on November 23 in his first world title fight, but spent Tuesday at a hearing to work out whether or not Booth, who split from the undefeated 25-year-old in September, is due to receive up to £100,000 from the fight.

The trainer, who continues to work with David Haye, informed Groves by text message that their partnership was over, a surprising decision ahead of the biggest fight of the Briton's career to date.

Now the British Boxing Board of Control have been asked to determine whether or not Booth is due manager's fees from the fight, according to the Daily Mail.

Groves is expected to make around £350,000-£450,000 from the fight, depending on the success of pay-per-view sales with Sky Box Office. Should the fight land him £400,000, manager's fees would cost him £100,000.

Despite the proximity to the fight, both sides are understood to have insisted on settling the dispute before Groves steps into the ring with Froch, who is in line for a £1.5million payday.

The Southern Area will forward the findings of their tribunal to the full Council, whose initial outcomes will be discussed at the BBBoC's monthly meeting on November 13.

"There is a possibility that this could go before our appeal stewards after that," General Secretary Robert Smith said.

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