16
Oct
2019

Eubank Jr. admits size difference played a part in Groves defeat, contemplates middleweight return

Groves v Eubank Jr. 18/02/2018

Chris Eubank Jr. could make the move back down to middleweight after admitting the size of his World Boxing Super Series semi-final opponent proved too much.

The 28 year-old, who moved up in February 2017, still hasn’t fully filled out at the weight and lost to a bigger, stronger – almost light-heavyweight in George Groves.

Despite matching the WBA champion for the twelve rounds, and having him in trouble over the final two sessions, Eubank is taking time to reflect before making a decision on whether to drop the eight pounds for his next fight.

“It’s a good experience and I will learn from it. In a defeat, there are things you should look to change,” said Eubank Jr.

“When you are fighting a man who is a stone heavier than you, you feel it. I’m going to take whatever route I can to win a world title. There are some great fights down at middleweight — it depends what one I get first.

“Did size come into it? Yes, a little bit. I was getting a lot of success inside. He caught me with a few jabs here and I guess that was enough to win a few rounds.

“In the later rounds, I was hurting him with a lot of shots. I thought I did enough in the later rounds to nick it, but George had a good game plan,” he added.

Father Chris Sr. gave his views by saying: “He didn’t perform. He’s a lot better than what you saw because he was loading up. He didn’t close him down. No combinations, just power, but that’s okay, he will live and learn.

“George fought the right fight, staying off, feinting, and when he came in, he held. It was perfect tactics.”

The general consensus in summing up the contest should give Eubank Jr. some optimism than not after the Brighton man proved he belongs in world-class company and has plenty left to offer the sport moving forward.

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