Transcript: Verbal sparring opens up at Groves v Eubank presser

Joe Hewlett 15/02/2018

The huge showdown between WBA ‘Super’ world champion George Groves and IBO holder Chris Eubank Jr is just days away. And it is spicing up nicely.

Here’s the transcript of WBN’s conversation with Groves, Eubank Jr and Shane McGuigan.

WBN: Since the Billy Joe Saunders defeat what have you learned, how have you improved since then?

Eubank Jr: “The number one thing I learned in that fight was to start from round one.

“I paced myself too early on in that fight through inexperience of my first twelve-round fight and since then I’ve never made that same mistake. I start as I mean to go on and Saturday night will be no different, from round one I will be on top of George, punishing him for having the arrogance to step into the ring with me.”

WBN: In terms of fights, where does this rank?

Groves: “Not at the top. It’s a fight, a meaningful fight, it’s going to be a fight that obviously I’ve got to pay attention to. I’m fully prepared, not expecting an easy night but far easier than previous fights I’ve had.”

Eubank Jr: “Far easier than what fights, can I just ask? I’m interested in that statement.”

Groves: “Do you want to know, yeah?”

Eubank Jr: “Yeah, I do.”

Groves: “This is easier than the DeGale fight, both the Froch fights, the Badou Jack fight, Chudinov fight.”

Eubank Jr: “So pretty much every fight in your career so far this is going be easier than is it? I love that mindset.”

Groves: “I’ve had a lot more fights than that. A lot of big fights, tough fights.”

Eubank Jr: “I love that mindset because either he genuinely believes that and that means that he’s underestimating me which is very dangerous or he’s lying and he’s a fraud. Both of those play into my favour.”

WBN: How did you respond to being compared to a PE teacher?

McGuigan: “It may come back and bite them on the a*** on Saturday night.”

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95