George Groves is training for his world title fight at Gennady Golovkin’s Big Bear gym


The Hammersmith puncher challenges for Badou Jack’s WBC super-middleweight strap, possibly on Floyd Mayweather’s September 12 undercard, so has retreated to the iconic California gym that houses one of boxing’s most feared champions.

The undefeated WBA and WBC interim middleweight title-holder Golovkin trains at The Summit Gym in Big Bear but the scheduling of his unification fight against David Lemieux might scupper any potential sparring sessions with Groves, according to Sanchez.

Sanchez has been impressed with Groves’ stint in the training region used extensively by Oscar De La Hoya, and the veteran trainer believes he can help the Londoner become world champion.

Groves’ and Golovkin’s paths may not cross just yet but Sanchez, who is cornering Carson Jones against Brian Rose at the Rumble on the Humber, confirmed he will throw his newest protégé to the wolves and make him spar with established Big Bear fighters.