By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star
GEORGE GROVES has warned Chris Eubank Jr he is repeating the mistakes he made with Carl Froch.
The WBA super-middleweight champion reckons Eubank Jr is already focussing on what comes next, rather than concentrating on Saturday night’s clash at the Manchester Arena.
And after being knocked out by Froch in their mammoth Wembley rematch in 2014, Groves knows only too well that not paying enough attention to the job in hand is a recipe for disaster.
“I think Junior might be looking beyond this fight like I did,” warned Groves. “I definitely looked beyond the Froch rematch.
“Not because I thought winning was a foregone conclusion, but I was confident that I could do the job.
“I’d done too much PR in the build up, which was very taxing come fight night. I obviously got it wrong.
“I was thinking before Froch II that, after I win, I was going to be so big I would have an element of control in what was next.
“Eubank is looking beyond this fight. He believes he is going to win because it is his destiny, his time.
“But it is not his time. No one owes him anything. This is about who is better - and he is not.”
The pair have shared the ring before in sparring sessions, which only gives Groves more confidence he will retain his title and book a place in the World Boxing Super Series final.
He added: “I never had a problem hitting Eubank, he was always easy to hit.
“Sometimes he was happy to take a shot to land a shot. He’s busy but he doesn’t move his head correctly.”