Eubank Jr. on Groves loss: I was the aggressor, busier fighter – Groves was bad and negative

Groves v Eubank Jr. 15/03/2018

Chris Eubank Jr. believes George Groves won their World Boxing Super Series using negative tactics as the Brighton man comes to terms with his second career loss.

The 28 year-old is plotting his return to the ring after being knocked out of the WBSS at the semi-final stage, but still says he was pushing the Manchester fight more than Groves last month.

“I was the aggressor, I was the busier fighter,’ Eubank Jr. told the London Evening Standard.

“But he never hurt me or had me in serious trouble. He was being bad and being negative. People saw that.

“People still look at both of us and say I’m the more exciting fighter.”

Asked about his dad Chris Sr. honestly stated he’d lost in the dressing room after the contest, Eubank Jr. added: “My father’s opinion is important to me, but it is what it is.”

Taking a lot of criticism following the defeat, in which Eubank Jr. was guilty of swinging wildly and seemingly being bereft of a gameplan, the former IBO super-middleweight champion opened up on some of the social media comments he received.

“I could go online now and say, ‘I wish everyone a great weekend and God bless.’ (But) one of the first comments will be, ‘F*** off.’ 

“(If) It was Eubank Jr, just in the ring to make a quick buck, then he’s gonna go and do something else. I’ve had a lot of doubters, haters, a lot of negative comments online — I still do, to this very day,” he pointed out.

In a recent interview with WBN, IBO President Ed Levine confirmed Eubank would be eligible to contest his old title belt, although the fighter himself is yet to decide his next move.

“We have the present situation in which the IBO title is vacant. Pursuant to our championship rules, we will sanction a fight for our title to the two leading available contenders in our rankings,” said the President.

“Is Chris Eubank Jr. now eligible to contest for our now vacant super middleweight world title? A quick glance at the BoxRec ratings gives the answer – ABSOLUTELY YES.

“Chris Eubank Jr. now stands at no. 1 as a challenger not holding a world title. He, therefore, would be given consideration to regain that title against a high ranked opponent.

“I also firmly believe that he can redeem himself with a proper victory over a high ranked opponent,” predicted Levine.