‘The Saint’ George Groves is revelling in his success now, fresh from his World Boxing Super Series’ quarterfinal victory over Jamie Cox which came via a devastating body shot in the third round. Groves has now switched his attention to his longtime rival and his opponent for the tournament’s semifinal stage, Chris Eubank Jr.
“I felt I boxed very well, he (Eubank Jr) could quite possibly be a bit nervous about it,” explained Groves when pressed on the question of his next opponent’s presence at the SSE Arena. But ‘The Saint’ appeared in bullish mood as he openly dismissed the credentials of his opponent and the idea that he poses any sort of possible threat “It doesn’t matter as, at the end of the day, the very best Chris Eubank won’t beat me” Groves stated.
Groves went on to ridicule Eubank Jr’s technique and question the thinking behind his methods inside the ring when he stated “What I like about Eubank is that he will punch from his ankles from the get go but that’s because he doesn’t have the boxing brain. Groves also went on to suggest that the gulf in class between them will prove too big an ask for Eubank Jr; “He is stepping up big time against me. He’s not good enough.”
‘The Saint’ also touched on his history with the father of his semifinal rival, British boxing legend Chris Eubank Sr. “His dad has always had a lot of respect for me, he’s been quite kind to me”. Groves went on to share the details of his last meeting with him at the draw for the tournament. “He had the bow tie on, the shoes, the Louis Vuitton case under his arm and he said, ‘Oh George, you better not beat my son’ and I thought, ‘He’s conforming already! He knows’ George jokingly suggested.