By George Mills, courtesy of The Daily Star
GEORGE GROVES could be approaching the end of his career as he prepares to face Chris Eubank Jr in the World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight tournament.
Former lightweight world champion Anthony Crolla believes Groves’ recent form shows he is in good shape – but after legendary wars with the likes of Carl Froch and Badou Jack, he has some miles on the clock.
And Crolla sees similarities with his own career.
“I’m under no illusions that I’m in the last part of my career,” he explained.
“I’ve seen it happen to people close to me where they’ve come out of the sport a little bit punch-drunk with slurred speech and I don’t want to be one of them.
“Groves has had some hard fights but last time out it was a great win for him against Jamie Cox who is a very feared young fighter.
“I say young, he’s older than George Groves – but he’s a handful, it was a great shot to finish it from Groves and he won the title the fight before that so he’ll argue he’s in the best form of his career.
“He has had hard fights but I think a lot of that depends on the life you live between fights, I think that plays a huge part.
“If George sees the signs that he’s slowing down, I like to think he’ll call it a day before then.”
Groves, 27-3, will be defending his WBA championship for the third time when he meets 28-year-old Eubank Jr at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night.
But despite holding the 168lb strap, he goes into the bout an underdog at 13/10.
Eubank Jr, 26-1, is currently a 4/6 favourite, with the odds courtesy of Betfair.