By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
CHRIS EUBANK JNR believes George Groves is sick with worry ahead of their potential showdown next year.
The Brighton-based boxer battered Arthur Abraham for 12 rounds to book his place in the lucrative World Boxing Super Series which kicks off in September.
Eubank Jnr, 27, will face tough Turk Avni Yildirim in the quarter-final of the £20m tournament but victory should set up a semi-final date with Groves, the WBA super-middleweight champion.
Groves, who faces fellow Brit Jamie Cox in the last eight, was working as a TV pundit at Wembley Arena on Saturday and labelled Eubank Jnr “limited” and questioned his power.
But Eubank Jnr believes his former sparring partner is getting jittery ahead of their possible clash.
He said: “He has to say that doesn’t he? We are going to be fighting in the next six months.
“I know what has happened in our spars over the years, he may say he is not worried but I can tell you that he is.
“He is worried and not looking forward to the fact that he is facing me in January - that is going to be the fight of the tournament I believe.”
Eubank Jnr has been questioned in the past for turning down big fights such as a £4m showdown with Gennady Golovkin and a lucrative rematch with Billy Joe Saunders, the only man to beat him.
His former two-weight world champion father denies they turned those fights down and now the boy wonder is looking forward to silencing the doubters.
He said: “In the super series there is no hiding place. You can't run, you can’t duck, you can’t swerve, you can’t come up with excuses, you have signed a contract and you have to fight me.
“The tournament is a great thing for boxing, I don’t know why there has been more of this kind of thing. I am happy to be in it.
“Now that I have something to work towards you are going to see a different level of fighter."