George Groves has been told he will beat Chris Eubank jr this weekend – and then lose the World Boxing Super Series final.
Super-middleweight rivals Groves and Eubank clash in Manchester on Saturday night – and Paul Smith Jnr is well placed to pick a winner having shared a ring with both.
The Liverpudlian was beaten inside a couple of rounds by Groves and sparred many rounds with Eubank.
He said: “Eubank isn’t a super-middleweight
“He is good at what he does – getting his head on your chest, making you work at a high pace – but he isn’t a strong super middleweight and he doesn’t punch like a super middleweight.
“You could see the difference in size between them at the press conferences.
“Groves is a big, strong super middleweight who is better at distance and he lands sneaky shots on the inside.
“He goes downstairs really well and that could be a factor.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if Groves faded down the stretch and Eubank came on strong and ended up nicking it, but for me, it has to be Groves.”
Smith isn’t picking Groves to win World Boxing Super Series. He goes for his kid brother, Callum.
The winner of Groves-Eubank meets either Smith or Juergen Brahemer in the final.
They clash in Nuremberg on Saturday, February 24 and Smith said: “Callum is too big and hits too hard for all of them.
“Callum has got the frame and the punch to be a heavyweight, definitely.
“He’s not built like the rest of us. He’s about 6ft 4ins tall and he weighs 12 stones. He’s a freak. If he wanted to do something crazy, he could put some muscle on and be a top heavyweight. He has the power.”