Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shane Gives Me What I've Been Missing, Says Haye

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Shane Gives Me What I've Been Missing, Says Haye

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Byline: John Dillon

DAVID HAYE believes he has been revitalised by joining the London fight stable of boxing's most promising young trainer.

The former world heavyweight champion's preparations for his grudge match against Tony Bellew (below) on March 4 are being guided by 28-year-old Shane McGuigan, son of the great former featherweight champion, Barry.

McGuigan Jr is one of the youngest cornermen to take a fighter to world title success after Carl Frampton's featherweight win against Leo Santa Cruz last year, although the Mexican won their rematch last month.

His famous father whose own epic world title triumph at Loftus Road in 1985 remains one of the greatest nights in the capital's boxing history has no qualms in saying: "Shane is one of the finest trainers of professional boxers in the world today. And that is not just his dad showing nepotism."

Along with Belfast's Frampton and London's super-middleweight world title hopeful George Groves, Haye works at McGuigan's Hammersmith base and at his own HQ in Vauxhall.

Now Haye, 36, insists McGuigan Jr will enhance his growing reputation by helping him achieve his own aim of challenging Anthony Joshua and regaining the world heavyweight crown.

Haye, who has recently returned from a training trip to Miami, where he was pictured working out on a PS27million super yacht, said: "Shane really gets this business like nobody I have known. He has brought a young outlook and a youthful enthusiasm to my training and it has rubbed off on me. "These are things I believe I've missed in years gone by. Even when we're not training, we are still training in our heads.

"Even when there is no fight lined up, he still wants to come to work with me and improve me. The fact that he is only 28 is a real bonus.

"He has so much energy to train that he'll work with me at 7am or at 1am. …

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