I’ll force Groves into early retirement, vows Eubank Jr
Chris Eubank Jr vowed to send George Groves into retirement by beating him at the Manchester Arena tonight.
The pair squared off for the final time at yesterday’s weigh-in, where Eubank Jr, who left the scales as the marginally heavier of the two super-middleweights, delivered some parting words to his opponent as the two stared down ahead of their World Boxing Super Series semi-final.
Asked what he said to the man whose WBA title he hopes to secure this weekend, Eubank Jr replied: “I told him he’s not ready. George ain’t ready, I can see it in his eyes. He walked in with his shades on, he wants to get put into retirement so that’s what we’re going to do, I’m taking that belt home.”
There is only 18 months difference in age between the two but Groves, 30 next month, has been involved in the more high-profile bouts having fought James De Gale, Badou Jack and Carl Froch, twice, in the professional ranks, while he finally won a world title at the fourth attempt.
The second defence of his WBA crown comes against a British rival keen to step out of the shadow of his father, Chris Eubank, and establish his own legacy.
“This is the biggest fight of my career,” Eubank Jr added.
“I want this more than anything. George doesn’t realise the danger he’s in but he will find out on Saturday.
“I think this is George’s last little hurrah before he settles down, has his family and relaxes. I’m going to help him on that path.”
Eubank Jr has been beaten just once in his career by Billy Joe Saunders in 2014 and bookmakers have installed him as the slight favourite against Groves.
The underdog admitted he was unperturbed by such odds and told those doubting him they would be proved wrong.
“I’ve been there before, there’s no problem,” Groves said.
“I’m in the prime of my career, fighting better than ever. It’s just another fight.”