Chris Eubank Jr. and George Groves wasted no time letting James DeGale known their thoughts when ‘Chunky’ lost his IBF crown to Caleb Truax in London.
DeGale was beaten via majority decision by the tough American in what was billed as his ‘homecoming’ stepping stone to massive fights in 2018.
The former Olympic gold medallist was never at the races though and labored to a second career loss on the back of a split reverse to Groves.
Eubank, currently in the World Boxing Super Series semi-finals against Groves, was the target of some pre-fight bad blood from DeGale and took pride in kicking the now former world title holder whilst at his lowest in the moments after the fight.
“After all the trash talk and disrespectful comments, you go and put on a display like that! All I can say is WOW! You have properly let down British Boxing,” Eubank said to DeGale via social media.
Whilst some agreed DeGale should be blasted for his poor performance, retired ex-British title challenger and Premier League footballer Leon McKenzie gave Eubank some advice.
“You can certainly fight champ (as) I experienced being in with you (sparring), but sometimes I think you could be more gracious on that type of comment AFTER what just happened.
“Maybe say; ‘Get back in good health and hope you get back soon’ – It would go a long way. All the best against GG,” stated McKenzie.
Groves, who beat DeGale in 2011 via split decision, told his old foe to step away.
“Call it a day mate, you ain’t got it no more,” he said.
There’s no doubt DeGale is now well and truly out of the picture for a huge all-UK clash in 2018 unless the 31 year-old can persuade Al Haymon to negotiate an immediate rematch with Truax.
Even then, DeGale would most probably be forced to travel to America and face Truax in his own backyard for any potential redemption mission in the coming months.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay