Groves shares in Haye glory
PUBLISHED: 15:59 11 November 2009 | UPDATED: 14:46 24 August 2010
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By Ziad Chaudry GEORGE Groves completed a fantastic night for the Hayemaker stable in Nuremberg on Saturday with his seventh straight victory – and his first outside the UK. David Haye rightly grabbed the headlines at Arena Nürnberger as he took the WBA w
By Ziad Chaudry
GEORGE Groves completed a fantastic night for the Hayemaker stable in Nuremberg on Saturday with his seventh straight victory - and his first outside the UK.
David Haye rightly grabbed the headlines at Arena Nürnberger as he took the WBA world heavyweight title away from 7ft 2in 'Beast from the East' Nikolay Valuev.
But, hours earlier, Haye's young prodigy from Hammersmith passed his European debut with flying colours as he comfortably saw off cagey but durable Belarus champion Konstantin Makhankov.
Despite lacking the killer touch and failing to break Mankhanov down during the latter stages of the contest, Groves stuck to his game plan and managed to get all eight rounds under his belt.
"This evening was all about coming out here and working on the stuff we did in the gym," said the former Dale Youth amateur star, who recorded an 80-72 shut-out.
Groves could have ended the fight in round five, but the weary looking Makhanov, who failed to land a single shot on target and acted like a movable punchbag, survived a perfectly executed uppercut and avoided further punishment,
"They found me a durable opponent - a good fighter - so it was never my intention to try and load up and take him out," added the 21-year-old.
"I've been out here all week with David and got involved in a bit of the hype, but the main thing was not to get caught up in it all because it's new to me."
Groves will be hoping to feature again on the undercard when Haye defends his world title against John Ruiz, likely to take place in London early next year.
Adam Booth, who trains both Haye and Groves, confirmed that Wembley Stadium has been lined up as a possible venue for the new WBA champion to face either Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko in a unification bout during 2010.
SHEPHERD'S Bush welterweight John O'Donnell will make the second defence of his Commonwealth title against Philip Kotey next month.
O'Donnell, who saw off Tom Glover in six rounds to retain the title in September, faces the 27-year-old Ghanaian at York Hall on Saturday December 19.