As George Groves held his open media workout today ahead of his World Boxing Super Series’ seminfinals match with Chris Eubank Jr. this weekend, the WBA titleholder sees Eubank falling into the same folly that he did when he fought Carl Froch.
“I think Junior might be looking beyond this fight, like I did. 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.”
Groves goes on to double-down on the idea that Eubank is overlooking him and emphatically states that while Eubank believes he’s destined to win, this fight will simply boil down to who’s the better fighter — which Eubank most certainly is not by his estimation.
The WBA titlist also believes Eubank has been doing himself a disservice by effectively training himself and bringing in lowly sparring partners in preparation for this fight, while he used to sharpen his craft against much better competition. Groves suggests this approach is intended for Eubank to stroke his own ego in order to build his confidence.
“He used to spar everyone: me, [Carl] Froch, [James] Degale but now he is not sparring the top guys, because it might turn into a fight rather than a spar.
”I’m sure he doesn’t pay well for sparring partners, just whoever he can get in, usually local amateur lads. He has to work on his confidence, beat up these guys and physically impose himself because that’s where he gets his success.”
Whether Eubank’s approach will pan out for him, well, I’m sure we’ll find out this weekend. Groves and Eubank will vie for a spot in the WBSS finals against the winner of Callum Smith vs Juergen Braehmer, set for next weekend.