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Eubank Jr. to George Groves: You Will Not See the 12th Round!

By Keith Idec

He’s not Jamie Cox.

That was among the messages Chris Eubank Jr. delivered to George Groves at a recent press conference. Groves knocked out Cox to reach the semifinals of the World Boxing Super Series’ super middleweight tournament, but Eubank promised Groves he is in for a far different fight when they met face-to-face during a press conference in Manchester, England.

The 28-year-old Eubank (26-1, 20 KOs), the IBO super middleweight champion, and the 29-year-old Groves (27-3, 20 KOs), the WBA world super middleweight champion, are set to square off in a high-profile, UK showdown February 17 at Manchester Arena.

“I read a statement the other day,” Eubank said. “George said that if he fights the same, or he boxes the same as he [boxed] against Jamie Cox in his last fight, then, you know, he’ll have no problem beating me. That statement started with an ‘if.’ That means that there is a possibility of him not being able to do that. There are no ifs and buts where I’m concerned. It doesn’t matter if my game plan goes completely out the window. I will find a way to stop George Groves. There’s just no chance in hell that he’s gonna take this away from me. I’m a man of my word, and George, you will not see the 12th round.”

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Eubank’s third-round knockout of Turkey’s Avni Yildirim (16-1, 10 KOs) on October 7 in Stuttgart, Germany, occurred a week before Groves’ fourth-round knockout of England’s Cox (24-1, 13 KOs) in London.

Brighton’s Eubank has won eight straight fights since losing a split decision to WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (25-0, 12 KOs) in November 2014 in London.

“I’ve had many big fights,” Eubank said.

“This is probably the biggest in terms of profile, you know, in terms of this tournament, the hype. But at the end of the day, I rise to the occasion always. The bigger the fight, the better I perform. And George seems to be focused or hung up on what I’m gonna do, and how I’m gonna conform and change and all these things. You know, he really needs to worry about himself because thinking about what I’m gonna do isn’t gonna get him anywhere. I’m gonna do exactly what I’ve been doing my entire career, which is following my intuition, finding a way to overcome any and all obstacles.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SugarRayCurtain on 12-03-2017

I think Groves power is abit overrated, he knocked down Froch partly due to him walking right into the punch with his hands down. His power is good but nothing compared to guys like GGG, Kovalev etc

Comment by Deus on 12-03-2017

[QUOTE=GlassJoey;18284034]I think Groves’s style will struggle to win the judges over if he can’t knock jnr out but Groves is probably better than BJS who found a way to deal with Eubank and make him look less dangerous. I think…

Comment by GlassJoey on 12-03-2017

I think Groves’s style will struggle to win the judges over if he can’t knock jnr out but Groves is probably better than BJS who found a way to deal with Eubank and make him look less dangerous. I think…

Comment by GlassJoey on 12-03-2017

Did you watch the fight? BJS started well and hung on. I think Junior would have won if he didn’t have Senior telling him he was doing great in the first 6 rounds.

Comment by Julia Slobberts on 12-03-2017

It will rule if Groves lays a huge wallop on Eubank. Hopefully that would shut him and his annoying ass dad up for a while.

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