By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
GEORGE GROVES has been removed from ITV’s panel for Saturday’s fight between James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jnr.
The former WBA super-middleweight champion was due to be a pundit on the channel for the all-British battle at the O2.
But it is understood Groves has been taken off at the request of one of the fighter’s involved.
Both DeGale and Eubank Jnr denied putting in the complaint when it was put to them at the pre-fight press conference in London today.
But Eubank Jnr’s father, two-weight world champion Chris Snr, suggested it was DeGale’s parents who made the request.
DeGale also denied that claim and insisted that neither would be involved in the decision-making process.
The press conference was a heated affair as both men vowed to end each other’s careers when they meet this weekend.
DeGale said: "I’ve gained no respect for him. He’s deluded. I can’t even deal with listening to him.
“The retirement fight is here. He’s finished. This is his last fight. He’s going to get a schooling.
“This is the biggest fight of his career, whoever loses this fight is done. It’s do or die on Saturday.
“I’m proven, I’ve won everything. I’m going to retire him. It’s my time.”
Eubank Jnr fired back: "He’s a clown.
“He will have a good go but at the end of the day I will be too much for him.
“We are both on the edge. We both can’t lose. I’m just happy to be in a position that I know he won’t be able to handle the heat.
“I’m going to box his head off. This is a defining night of my career.”