Eubank Sr. Takes a Deep Dig at Groves' Trainer Shane McGuigan

As reported on Monday on, George Groves' WBA super middleweight title defence against IBO Chris Eubank Jr will take place at the Manchester Arena on February 17.

The champion, from London, had hoped their highly-anticipated World Boxing Super Series semi-final would take place in the capital, potentially at one of its football stadiums.

The series' promoters have now said he will instead return to the Manchester Arena for the first time since one of his finest performances in his first fight with Carl Froch, in 2013, when he dropped the then-defending champion and outboxed him before the controversial late stoppage.

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Brighton's Eubank Jnr faces his most dangerous fight to date, but like Groves - who made the first defence of his title by stopping Jamie Cox in four rounds at Wembley Arena last month - impressed during the competition's quarter-final stage.

The 28-year-old travelled to Germany, where he defeated Avni Yildirim of Turkey via knockout in the third round, and will fight for a recognised world title for the first time.

Eubnak's father and head trainer, Chris Eubank Sr., is not worried about matching his skills against Shane McGuigan, who trains Groves.

“If you take any of these trainers today, look at their records, what have they done in boxing?," Eubank Sr. said.

“If you look at the teacher of the boxers who would you choose, one with nineteen world championship wins, who’s never been knocked out, who was fierce, who was pure, who is responsible for two of the greatest fights in the history of boxing or a trainer who doesn’t have any experience in the real ring?

“The champion within any man is within themselves, not the trainer."

A mutual rival of Eubank Jr. and the 29-year-old Groves, IBF champion James DeGale, returns to the ring against America's Caleb Truax on December 9 and has spoken of his desire to fight the WBSS' overall winner.

Fellow Briton Callum Smith is scheduled to fight Germany's Jurgen Braehmer in the other semi-final, on a date and location that is still to be confirmed.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Kilrain on 11-23-2017

[QUOTE=skinnystev;18230946]junior eubanks the ultimate wannabe was totally beaten and humiliated by BJS[/QUOTE] "Humiliated"? Clearly never watched the fight. Could've gone either way and Eubank has massively improved since then. Saunders, not so much.

Comment by SugarRayCurtain on 11-23-2017

[QUOTE=bluepete;18232244]As much as I don't rate Shane and he's "modern methods" he did box,and came from a father who held a world title ect. There have been decent trainers who haven't boxed pro, or won titles.[/QUOTE] fair enough if he…

Comment by alexguiness on 11-23-2017

I have doubts over Shame McGuigan as a trainer, I don't think he is terrible - just not as good as he believes himself to be. However Eubank Snr is the very worst type of trainer (maybe not for his…

Comment by Kiowhatta on 11-23-2017

That's not just the sound of your ego rumbling down the road Mr Eubank - it's the sound of a bus packed with humility and irksome fans who are sick of your pompous, self-righteous sermons. You don't have to be…

Comment by bluepete on 11-23-2017

[QUOTE=SugarRayCurtain;18232050]LOL at the mindgames begins Never understood how people could become boxing coaches without actually ever even punching a bag themselves[/QUOTE] As much as I don't rate Shane and he's "modern methods" he did box,and came from a father who…

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