Chris Eubank Jr dazzled fans at the SSE Arena at Wembley to defeat Armenian veteran Arthur Abraham recently.
The points victory cemented his place in the World Boxing Super Series and Eubank Jr. will now go toe-to-toe with Turkey’s Anvi Yildirim in the quarter-finals.
Long-term foe Billy Joe Saunders slammed the Brighton man and made a bold prediction, claiming the a potential fight with Groves in the semi-finals won’t materialise.
“He beat a 38-year-old who was just coming here for a pay cheque. He beat a punching Dad, it’s sad to see but he did,” Saunders exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I don’t think he’s (Eubank) come on at all. I think he’ll be in the Super Series and fight this Turk and then pull out afterwards with the George Groves fight not happening.
“I go with Callum Smith to win the tournament. I’d love to see him and Groves in the final but Jamie Cox and Groves will be a good fight,” he said.
Clearly proving that there’s no love lost between the pair, the undefeated middleweight couldn’t resist another dig towards team Eubank.
“His Dad isn’t stupid. He knows his level and knows who to match him with and who not to match him with and that’s the reason he hasn’t been back in the ring with me because he knows what will happen.
“The last thing you’d want to do if someone has beaten you is bypass them, you’d want that fight again as soon as but they don’t want that fight, they know what will happen. He’s moved up, had a couple of fights at super-middleweight and is allegedly a world champion,” he said.
Fans across the UK have their fingers and toes crossed that the two rivals will one day meet again for their long-awaited rematch.
Though the WBO king insisted a mega-fight with the winner of Saul Canelo Alvarez and GGG remains a priority.
“If the right opportunity comes up then I’m sure he’ll take it but I don’t think it will, he’ll come down a weight and be looking for a fight with me I should imagine but my eyes are not him, mine are on unifying the division,” he concluded.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95