Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Groves: Eubank Isn't Good Enough, Doesn't Have the Ability

By Keith Idec

As good as Chris Eubank Jr. has looked in his recent fights, George Groves believes they’re operating on different levels.

That’s why Groves is so confident he’ll beat Eubank in their February 17 fight in Manchester, England. Both boxers discussed their much-anticipated domestic showdown Tuesday during a press conference in Manchester for their World Boxing Super Series semifinal matchup at Manchester Arena.

“This is different,” Groves said. “I used to hear people talk about levels and it used to frustrate me a little bit at the start. You start your career and you hear people talk about levels. James DeGale used to use it a lot, and I never really understood it. But I have come full circle and I do understand that, you know, sometimes it doesn’t matter how well you prepare or how many things go in your favor, that there’s just people that you can’t beat.

groves-eubank_1

“And I’m sorry to say for Junior that he’s not good enough. He doesn’t have the pedigree, doesn’t have the ability. He can get as fit as he wants. I mean, he stays in good shape all year round. But most legit athletes don’t do that. You peak, especially fighters, because we don’t fight every week. We’ll set a date and we prepare for it. You know? And that is what I will do. And on the night, I believe I’m unstoppable, certainly in the super middleweight division.”

The 29-year-old Groves (27-3, 20 KOs) and the 28-year-old Eubank (26-1, 20 KOs) will fight for Groves’ WBA world super middleweight title and Eubank’s IBO 168-pound championship. The winner will advance to the WBSS super middleweight championship match, in which he’ll face whoever moves on from the other semifinal between England’s Callum Smith (23-0, 17 KOs) and Germany’s Juergen Braehmer (49-3, 35 KOs).

Eubank, of Brighton, England, knocked out Turkey’s Avni Yildirim (16-1, 10 KOs) in the third round October 7 in Stuttgart, Germany to reach the semifinals. He dominated Armenia’s Arthur Abraham (46-6, 30 KOs) in his previous fight, a 12-rounder July 15 in London, to solidify his spot in the tournament.

“Whether he’s on an upward curve or not, he’s on a steady, marginal incline,” Groves said of Eubank, a former sparring partner. “I’m at the very top and I’m still improving. I’m still going from strength to strength. As I say, this is another stop along the way in winning this tournament. We knew the Eubank fight was coming. I begged [promoter] Kalle [Sauerland] to put in the seeding, so that I would face him in the semis.

“I knew it would be an exciting fight for the tournament, an exciting fight for me. It’s what I always intended. So we’re in, as I say, a fantastic place. I’m in terrific form. I’ve been in real fights, big fights, hard fights. I’ve got the experience to rival any current fighter right now.”

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 son of bonters on 11-30-2017

[QUOTE=rudy;18263310]Even Paul Smith wobbled Groves early in his career[/QUOTE] Your point? Smith hits hard, and being wobbled is part of boxing. If I recall, Groves annihilated him in two rounds.

Comment by rudy on 11-30-2017

Even Paul Smith wobbled Groves early in his career

Comment by bluepete on 11-29-2017

[QUOTE=hugh grant;18259565]Groves has struggled against fighters eubank wouldn't have[/QUOTE] Really? I don't think Saunders would nullified Groves the way he did Eubank in the early rounds of their fight. Nothing to suggest that Eubank could handle Froch, Jack or Degale.…

Comment by bluepete on 11-29-2017

[QUOTE=Kilrain;18259915]You kind of sum up everything that's wrong with modern boxing fans. That mentality of, "you haven't beaten anyone decent" – because you only rate 1 or 2 fighters in each division. So, I'm betting you only really rate Canelo,…

Comment by Kilrain on 11-29-2017

[QUOTE=bluepete;18258698]Eubank hasn't got a decent win on he's record yet. Lost to the only decent guy he's fought. That shows he's level.[/QUOTE] You kind of sum up everything that's wrong with modern boxing fans. That mentality of, "you haven't beaten…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (16)
Top Headlines Video: Errol Spence Breaks Down Win Over Peterson, More Errol Spence: I Didn't Know I Would Dominate Like That Easter: I'm Ready To Sign Contract For Mikey Garcia or Linares Errol Spence Drops, Beats Down Lamont Peterson For TKO Win Errol Spence vs. Lamont Peterson - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Robert Easter Wins Close Call, Split Nod Over Javier Fortuna Robert Easter vs. Javier Fortuna - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Marcus Browne Demolishes Francy Ntetu in One Round Adam Kownacki Breaks Down and Stops Iago Kiladze in Sixth Spence-Peterson Undercard Results From Barclays Center Joshua Promoter: Wilder Can't Be Delusional With 50-50 Demand Spence on Thurman: Why Not Try To Get My Belt? Why Not Unify? Euro News: Skoglund, Koelling, Haertel, Kiko Martinez, De Carolis Errol Spence vs. Lamont Peterson - CompuBox Historical Review Kownacki Eyes KO: I'm Gonna Do My Best To Stop Kiladze Usyk: I Can't Wait To Get Mairis Briedis' WBC Title! Frank Warren: Spence is a Long Way From Being Star Like Floyd Errol Spence vs. Lamont Peterson: Stats & Stakes Peterson: Beating Spence, Others Would Get Me to Hall of Fame Easter Expects Garcia to Beat Lipinets in 140-Pound Title Fight Roach: I'd Love to See Spence-Crawford, They're the Two Best P4P Daily Bread Mailbag: Lara-Hurd, Canelo-Golovkin, Khan, More Brook: First Rabchenko, Then July or August Fight, Then Khan! Dooley Noted: Diminishing of Anthony Small - Faces Terror Charge Horn's Promoter: We're Chasing Global Glory, Mundine Can Wait Wilder's Coach Gives Joshua The Edge Over Parker, Explains Why Video: Malignaggi Talks Spence, Joshua-Parker, Canelo, More Dana White Discusses Mayweather, McGregor, Showtime, More Roy Jones Jr. vs. Scott Sigmon is Finalized For February 8 Has Manny Pacquiao Finally Become The Opponent? Horn's Promoter Warns: Crawford Will Regret Moving Up To 147! Beterbiev Looks Forward To Kovalev Bout, Denies Rejecting Him Video: Errol Spence Talks Peterson, Welterweight Division Video: Freddie Roach Talks Pacquiao-Lomachenko, Crawford Arum: Lomachenko's Father Must Approve 140 For Pacquiao Bout Crawford-Horn, Pacquiao-TBA is Fully Ruled Out For Las Vegas Gvozdyk vs. Amar For WBC Interim-Title on March 17, ESPN Lomachenko Voted in as BWAA 2017 "Fighter of The Year" Fortuna Fails to Make Weight Again; Easter's Title Not at Stake Photos: Browne vs. Ntetu, Kownacki vs. Kiladze - Official Weights
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement