Carl Froch admitted he was underwhelmed by the performance of Chris Eubank Jr following his unanimous points defeat to George Groves.
The ‘Next Gen’ star tasted defeat for the second time in his career and is now plotting to resurrect his career with options at both middleweight and super-middleweight.
Froch believes Eubank isn’t big enough to compete at the 168lb limit.
“I was a little disappointed in his performance but in reality, Jr isn’t big enough or strong enough for this weight. Groves mollified Jr, he manhandled him and used all his weight to lean on him which killed the fight,” Froch exclusively told World Boxing News.
“He got wrestled with. He went for the attack and threw a lot of shots which were wild, he was the aggressor but you can’t do that against someone as experienced and as big as George Groves.”
Froch has placed Groves favourite against Callum Smith in the WBSS should he win his fitness battle. However, the ‘Cobra’ has claimed to have seen little improvement since their outing at Wembley Stadium.
“Fair play to Groves, he done a job against Jr and won the fight with ease, but I haven’t seen the same George Groves since we fought at Wembley,” he said.
“Don’t get me wrong in the first fight, for six or seven rounds he was hitting me with some big shots and beat me up a little, but he hasn’t been the same.
“He hasn’t had a great performance ever since, I don’t want to be nasty, but he just hasn’t. I’m not giving him stick but he’s had a lot of miles on the clock with the two fights against me and then Badou Jack.
“George has finally found a trainer he gels with and they have that mutual respect. What Groves doesn’t have now, he certainly makes up in experience.
“If I had to favour someone for the WBSS final then I think you have to place Groves as the favourite to win the tournament.”
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