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Hamed Stands Firm on Eubank Jr. - I'm Not Sure if He's Euro Level

By Charlotte Ikonen, courtesy of The Daily Star

Prince Naseem Hamed has fired fresh shots at Chris Eubank Jr following his defeat to George Groves.

The 44-year-old former unified featherweight champion tore into Junior during a ruthless analysis of the 28-year-old’s loss to super-middleweight rival Groves last weekend.

And a week on, it seems he hasn’t changed his mind.

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Reflecting on the fight, the Sheffield man maintained he doesn’t know what level Eubank Jr is at.

"I don't want to backtrack," Hamed told ITV Box Office.

"I don't know where he lies, as good as he is, in the professional scene at world level, do I put him at British level, European level or world level?

"I don't even know if he's at European level.

"All this Instagram and social media and it comes to the fight and it's a complete flop. I've not said all these things out of malice, or issue with the Eubank family.

"I'm talking with my heart, I don't want to see him get hurt. I wish he can get past this point, I want him to prove me wrong."

Groves, who faces a spell on the sidelines after being taken to hospital, won by scores of 117-112, 116-112, 115-113.

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In the immediate aftermath of the fight, Nas appeared emotional and refused to hold back after Eubank Jr's hype heading into the fight.

He said: "This guy is not on the level he thinks he is, he's in a dream land.

"I know this sounds terrible but i think he should finish.

"I don't think hes a hard puncher; in this game you need a get out of jail card, you need to be able to put them away and smash them up.

"He threw the kitchen sink at George Groves but he didn't do anything, not even when George has a dislocated shoulder."

Resurfaced footage of an explosive press conference in 1998 shows Nas facing the media prior to his 10th WBO title defence against Wilfredo Vazquez – a fight that served as co-main event on a card featuring Chris Eubank Sr.

The eccentric super-middleweight waltzed into the press conference late before starting an argument with Hamed and his legendary trainer Brendan Ingle.

“Nas has backstabbed me, he has been snidy towards me, he has been underhanded towards me,” Eubank told reporters.

But Irish trainer Ingle leapt in, saying: “Chris tried to nick Nas off me years ago and Nas gave him the rods, that’s the problem.

“Chris Eubank came to my gym. I paid him £300 a week. Johnny Nelson stood him on his head. Errol Nelson stood him on his head and he would not fight him.

“Nas has got more talent in his little finger than [Eubank] has ever had.

“He is a phoney.”

An outraged Eubank asked Nas if he agreed with his trainer, to which he replied: “Yeah I do.”

Earlier this week, it was claimed that Chris Eubank Jr had shown “no respect” to his dad during his one-sided loss to Groves at the Manchester Arena on Saturday.

And awkward behind-the-scenes footage showed Senior scolding his son in the immediate aftermath of the fight.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by micky1971 on 02-26-2018

He’s just poking at Chris senior, but how the mighty have fallen! Chris senior however, is a picture of physical fitness always impeccably dressed. Hamed was and now isn’t. It’s a shame.

Comment by Holler on 02-26-2018

[QUOTE=hugh grant;18520080] Eubank is world class. [/QUOTE] He's nowhere near that level. Read ApolloCreed's post further up the thread. The reason the reaction to his defeat has been so harsh is that Groves exposed the sorts of weaknesses that world…

Comment by Mammoth on 02-26-2018

[QUOTE=richardt;18519347]Hamed is the one who was so damn sure Eubank was going to win, he probably put big money on the fight and is now imploding.[/QUOTE] He lost all his pizza and burger money

Comment by hugh grant on 02-26-2018

Hamed had been awol for a long time but seeing more of him now. But khan maybe trolling a little. Eubank is world class. But lower tier world class not upper echelon. So he’d beat most but not groves, ggg…

Comment by TheBigLug on 02-26-2018

[QUOTE=jmrf4435;18519533]More of a case of people underrating groves for a long time[/QUOTE] Absolutely. Apart from that Froch knockout, nobody has ever dominated Groves. Even in that Froch II fight it was competitive until he got caught with that shot. The…

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