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Haye: George can be king one day

PUBLISHED: 23:07 23 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:26 24 August 2010

George Groves in action against Kirill Pshonko

George Groves in action against Kirill Pshonko

By Ziad Chaudry HEAVYWEIGHT title contender David Haye reckons his protégé George Groves has what it takes to become a world champion himself. Haye, who will fight Ukraine s Vitali Klitschko for the WBC crown next year in London, is also doing his best to

By Ziad Chaudry

HEAVYWEIGHT title contender David Haye reckons his protégé George Groves has what it takes to become a world champion himself.

Haye, who will fight Ukraine's Vitali Klitschko for the WBC crown next year in London, is also doing his best to help develop Groves' professional career under the Hayemaker Promotions banner.

The 20-year-old Hammersmith middleweight and two-time ABA champion began life in the paid ranks with a comfortable six-round shut-out over Lithuania's Kirill Pshonko last month at the O2 Arena.

Haye, who beat Monte Barrett on the same bill, was impressed with what he saw from Groves, and told the Times: "I thought he did exactly what he needed to do.

"He's a seasoned amateur, even though he's a young guy. As you saw from that performance, his style is perfectly suited to the professional game.

"If he stays focused and keeps progressing then he will become world champion without a doubt."

Groves will make his second professional outing on the 'Hayemaker 4' show on February 1 at York Hall - the scene of his second ABA triumph when he defeated Karl Kirkham earlier this year.

"You couldn't ask for a better place to box," Groves declared. "When York Hall is packed to the rafters, it creates an atmosphere like no other boxing arena.

"It may not be the biggest venue, but it definitely has the most character.

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