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Murray heads to gym to take advice from Haye

ESPN staff
March 31, 2011

Andy Murray might have been knocked out of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami sooner than he would have liked, but at least it allowed him to take the opportunity to meet David Haye, as the heavyweight trains in Miami's famous 5th Street Gym.

Murray - who has tried his hand at a few different sports recently - is a huge fan of boxing, and could not pass up the opportunity to visit the same gym where Muhammad Ali and other giants of the sport were once put through their paces.

There he met up with Haye, and the 23-year-old believes that despite the major differences between the two sports there are still things he can learn.

"The one thing you can learn from is the intensity," Murray told the BBC. "In any individual sport being intense is very important, and for them they need to concentrate for every second or otherwise they're going to get hurt.

"Obviously in tennis we don't have that problem but the intensity is certainly something we can learn from, and also the attitude of everyone in here. So humble, working hard, it's great to see."

While Murray is trying to pick himself off the canvas after a terrible recent run, Haye is preparing for a world title fight against Wladimir Klitschko. Nevertheless, he was impressed by the Scot's understanding and knowledge of boxing.

"Andy's a huge boxing fan," Haye said. "He probably knows more about domestic boxing than I do! Every time I talk to him he's always reading the Boxing News. I'm a fan of his as well."

Super-middleweight George Groves has also been training with Haye in Miami in recent weeks. Groves will fight James DeGale in an eagerly-anticipated British title fight next month, and said it was inspiring to have another successful sportsman to talk to and learn from.

"He said some kind things to me," Groves reported of Murray's visit. "He said he'd been checking me out and it's just brilliant to have another great Brit in the gym."

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