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Groves: Eubank Not Good Enough, His Very Best Can't Beat Me!

By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star

GEORGE GROVES claims Chris Eubank Junior will be nervous after watching him wallop Jamie Cox.

Groves, 29, booked a money-spinning World Boxing Super Series semi-final against Eubank with a fourth-round knockout of Swindon slugger Cox on Saturday night.

Former sparring partner Eubank was ringside at Wembley Arena to witness Groves stop Cox with a stunning right uppercut to the body.

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“I felt I boxed very well, he could quite possibly be a bit nervous about it,” explained Groves.

“It doesn’t matter as, at the end of the day, the very best Chris Eubank won’t beat me.

“What I like about Eubank is that he will punch from his ankles from the get go but that’s because he doesn’t have the boxing brain.

“He is stepping up big time against me. He’s not good enough.”

Groves also revealed former two-weight world champion Eubank Snr has already pleaded with him not to beat his son when they met at the draw for the £20m tournament in Monte Carlo in July.

“His dad has always had a lot of respect for me, he’s been quite kind to me,” said Groves.

“His dad spoke to me at the Monaco draw when he came out five minutes before we went to the draw.

“He had the bow tie on, the shoes, the Louis Vuitton case under his arm and he said, ‘Oh George, you better not beat my son’ and I thought, ‘He’s conforming already! He knows’.”

Groves’ clash with Cox was a tear-up for four rounds with the defending champion getting the better of the challenger as he landed right hands when his southpaw opponent overreached with jabs.

It was a sickening right to the body that left Cox in agony on the floor in the fourth but a lot of the 8,000 crowd inside Wembley Arena missed it as they were watching a nasty fight in the stands.

The brawl, involving around 40 people, threatened to spoil what was a fantastic atmosphere helped by the stunning Champions League like production this new tournament’s organisers have brought to the sport.

It is believed five venues are in the running – Manchester Arena, Wembley Arena, Fulham’s Craven Cottage, Brighton’s AMEX Stadium and Cardiff’s Principality Stadium – to host Groves’ clash with Eubank in January or February.

Groves would have no problem going outdoors early next year despite the risk of freezing weather conditions.

He said: “Cold is nice. You will be nice and warm in the changing room. As the rounds tick past, under those lights, you’ll appreciate it if it’s snowing outside.”

Groves could pocket up to £10m if he wins the tournament and claim the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

His career looked on the rocks when he lost his third world title attempt against former WBC champion Badou Jack after two losses to ex-WBA and IBF king Carl Froch but trainer Shane McGuigan has revitalised him.

“I’m still improving, there is a little bit of truth in writing me off, I lost my mojo, I wasn’t really performing that well, I was definitely flat in the Badou Jack fight,” Groves said.

“Now I’m flying. I’ve come through that and that has made me a better fighter. I genuinely felt unstoppable in this fight.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BoZz on 10-17-2017

Few weeks ago everyone was sh****ing on Eubank now he has big bandwagon following like he beat someone proper, after the groves fight his cheerleaders gonna spit on him again..he beat some Turkish c level walking punching bag now he's…

Comment by ArturoBalboa on 10-17-2017

[QUOTE=whatismyname;18140592]I dunno, these boxing hooligans I guess. Didn't even know it was such an issue[/QUOTE] My mistake sorry, I thought you were suggesting crowd violence was a British based problem. We have a well deserved poor reputation at football and…

Comment by 1hourRun on 10-16-2017

[QUOTE=DramaShow;18140647]euank by the narrowest margin, 5/6 whilst groves is evens. so basically 50/50. for the record i think groves will beat him quite handily[/QUOTE] Thank you. I'm slightly leaning towards Groves but I'm thinking of playing the rounds instead of…

Comment by bluepete on 10-16-2017

[QUOTE=Ham Porter;18141513]Saunders won by virtue of being a little more seasoned and experienced. He was in survival mode through the second half of the fight and Eubank Jr is undoubtedly a better version of what he was three years.[/QUOTE] Well…

Comment by Ham Porter on 10-16-2017

[QUOTE=bluepete;18140077]Although Groves isn't the world beater he thinks he is, Eubank has showed nothing since Saunders to suggest he can cope with a decent boxer who moves he's head and has counterpunching skills. I've never seem such a fuss as…

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