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Groves may still hang on until after Euros

PUBLISHED: 13:28 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:16 24 August 2010

NORTH WEST LONDON ABA SENIOR BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2008
PHOTO'S BY GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS
DATE: 27/03/2008.
TEL: 07831-396-923.

JOHN REID OF ANGEL BOXING CLUB (BLUE) V GEORGE GROVES OF DALE YOUTH CLUB (RED).

NORTH WEST LONDON ABA SENIOR BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2008 PHOTO'S BY GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS DATE: 27/03/2008. TEL: 07831-396-923. JOHN REID OF ANGEL BOXING CLUB (BLUE) V GEORGE GROVES OF DALE YOUTH CLUB (RED).

GERARD FARRELL / DZ PICS

By Ben Kosky DOUBLE ABA champion George Groves has revealed that he may not turn pro just yet, despite agreeing a deal with Hayemaker Productions. The company, who last week announced a deal with Setanta Sports to screen world cruiserweight champion David

By Ben Kosky

DOUBLE ABA champion George Groves has revealed that he may not turn pro just yet, despite agreeing a deal with Hayemaker Productions.

The company, who last week announced a deal with Setanta Sports to screen world cruiserweight champion David Haye's next four fights, also used the occasion to state that Groves was joining their ranks.

But the 20-year-old middleweight, who clinched his second successive ABA crown last month, might retain amateur status to compete at the European Championships later this year.

Groves told the Times: "We're still in discussions. There are still options to stay amateur but the next couple of weeks are going to be about big decisions.

"The situation is that when I do decide to go pro Hayemaker have got first choice and that could happen tomorrow, it could happen in four years' time.

"They want to be associated with me and I want to be associated with them. I want to achieve my full potential and be pushed to my limit and the bottom line is I'm excited about the prospect of training with them."

After outpointing Karl Kirkham to retain his ABA championship at York Hall recently, Groves admitted he was tempted by the option of staying amateur in order to complete a hat-trick of titles.

But the Hammersmith boxer has been widely tipped to turn pro ever since he lost out to Dale Youth Club team-mate James DeGale for a place in Great Britain's squad for this summer's Beijing Olympics.


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