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Eubank Jr: Groves Chinny, Not The Same After Froch KO Loss

Chris Eubank rose to his feet to defend family honour when George Groves lit the fuse for his super-middleweight clash with Chris Eubank Jr by questioning his opponent’s pedigree.

Tickets for the World Boxing Super Series semi-final at the Manchester Arena on February 17 sold out in seven minutes and the domestic rivals exchanged verbal blows at a press conference in central London on Tuesday.

Groves, the WBA world champion, taunted British great Eubank and his son, who holds the IBO title, by claiming the fight will be a turning point in their relationship and also mocked Jr’s social media profile.

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“Junior is terrific at a soundbite, it’s made him Insta famous and it works for him,” Groves said. “But I’m sorry to say that Junior isn’t good enough, he doesn’t have the pedigree or the a ability. "This is a pivotal point in his relationship with his father. Up until now his dad has alleviated a lot of the pressure on his son."

Former middle and super-middleweight champion Eubank reacted with indignation when the pedigree of his son, who enters the fight as marginal favourite, was dismissed.

“That’s hurtful, it is hurtful! Pedigree? Oh my goodness. I wasn’t going to talk!” Eubank said. “Look at the ease with which he dispatched Arthur Abraham. This is pedigree (rising to his feet and pointing to Junior)!”

Eubank Jr. believes that Groves has never mentally recovered from his back to back stoppage defeats at the hands of Carl Froch. The second of the two defeats, in 2014, was a vicious knockout in front of 80,000 fans at Wembley in London.

"I think physically he's the same guy, not mentally. That [Froch defeat] took something out of him," Eubank Jr. told Sky Sports.

"He's a strong dude. They are both strong and all it takes is one hit. It's whether you can hold that hit. Froch can hold a hit. Groves put him down [in the first fight], he got back up. Groves, his chin is susceptible to punishment, and punishment is exactly what he is going to receive on February 17."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tyrone Biggums on 11-29-2017

Groves is gonna get grovesed

Comment by Don Mac on 11-29-2017

If anything its the opposite. Groves is at his peak right now. And as for being chinny, pretty sure he just beat the count from that monsterous shot and arguably cd have been allowed to carry on. Eubank has looked…

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 11-29-2017

Let's see what Eubank does against a champion at 168 pounds. Like to see Groves wipes the floor with him but you can't deny the abilities of Eubank.

Comment by Redd Foxx on 11-29-2017

Groves doesn't even move the same after the Froch KO. I really think he suffered neurological damage from that one. He fights very stiff since.

Comment by hugh grant on 11-29-2017

Its true grooves chins been dented but no need to point to that fact. Eubank should be confident he could beat the best groves. Yes grooves has fought at higher level for longer. But he has also struggled against fighters…

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