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PUBLISHED: 13:00 19 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:24 24 August 2010

George Groves catches Kirill Pshonko with a right

George Groves catches Kirill Pshonko with a right

By Ziad Chaudry GEORGE Groves overcame the pressure of the big stage to register a winning start to his professional career on Saturday at the O2 Arena. The 20-year-old double ABA champion turned in a performance that trainer Gary Logan described as perf

By Ziad Chaudry

GEORGE Groves overcame the pressure of the big stage to register a winning start to his professional career on Saturday at the O2 Arena.

The 20-year-old double ABA champion turned in a performance that trainer Gary Logan described as 'perfect', thoroughly outclassing Lithuania's Kirill Pshonko in a six-round super-middleweight affair on the undercard of the David Haye v Monte Barrett clash.

The very rigid Pshonko, 22, proved to be a man of steel, soaking up plenty of fierce right hooks and crunching body shots as the workaholic Groves upped his firepower while pushing for a stoppage.

But Groves consistently threw his left jab with confidence and went on to clinch a 60-54 points decision on referee Mark Green's scorecard.

"My first pro fight went great," said Groves afterwards. "My corner were really happy with me. I did everything they asked me to do.

"Pshonko is very elusive and comes from a very big mixed martial arts background. He felt my power from the early stages and I kept on peppering in the jab.

"This was a fresh start but it was a hard way to get out of my old amateur background. These early fights are all about learning.

"I went out there and boxed under pressure in front of a lot of people and did six rounds, so I've made a statement there. People only box four rounds when they start off but I started with a six and showed I'm meant to be in the pro game."

Groves' former Dale Youth ABC colleague John O'Donnell completed his preparations for next month's British welterweight title eliminator against Young Muttley with a third round stoppage victory in Ireland.

O'Donnell, 22, defeated Germany's Suleyman Dag at Breaffy House Resort, Castlebar, and is currently back in training at the same venue ahead of the Muttley clash on December 6 at Nottingham's Trent FM Arena.

He is also helping Carl Froch prepare for his WBC world super-middleweight title contest against Jean Pascal which tops the bill that night.

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