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George Groves v Jamie Cox: Super Middleweight Quarter-Final - World Boxing Super Series.

Chris Eubank Jr believes he's spotted something interesting about Groves' pre-fight words

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It's just three days until we finally get to see the eagerly anticipated clash between George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr at the Manchester Arena.

The pair are meeting in the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight division, while Groves' WBA and Eubank's IBO world titles are on the line too, as per the rules of the tournament.

Tickets for the fight were practically sold out within the first hour of sales, which shows how much support this British tear-up has gathered.

We could be in for an almighty scrap if the fighters want it too, with both men progressing to this stage via brutal stoppages.

Eubank sensationally knocked out Avni Yildirim in the third round of their bout, while Groves only had to wait a round longer to stop Jamie Cox with a sickening body shot.

Pundits and people within the game are genuinely split as to which way this fight will go, as cases can be made for each of the contenders.

But Eubank believes he firmly has the upper hand, thanks to something he's noticed in Groves' pre-fight comments.

George Groves v Jamie Cox: Super Middleweight Quarter-Final - World Boxing Super Series

'Junior' says that his opponent is already making excuses for a defeat, due to the emphasis he's been putting on trainer Shane McGuigan's input into his preparation.

McGuigan, who has worked alongside fighters such as Carl Frampton and David Haye, and is a hugely experienced trainer, but Eubank says that is "irresponsible".

"George has chosen to entrust his preparation and fitness to Shane McGuigan, who has been with him for two or three fights," the IBO super-middleweight champion started. "It’s irresponsible in my view.

George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr. - Public Workout

"He uses language like 'we', 'we're going to do this', 'Shane is going to get me ready'. That is ignorant in my view.

"George is using the word 'we' because, when he loses, he uses it to push the blame onto someone else — 'the camp didn’t go right', 'Shane didn’t do this', 'my nutritionist didn’t do this'.

"I take responsibility for my actions. I’m not leaving the most important fight of my life... I’m not giving anyone else that responsibility, I’m not putting that in anyone else's hands."

George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr. - Public Workout

While he certainly has the confidence, Groves is far more experienced than to fall into the trap of mind-games.

'Saint George' has been involved in five world title fights, and has shown he possesses serious firepower, having nearly shocked Carl Froch in 2013.

But Eubank believes his talk of retirement before the Super Series kicked off gives him another advantage on his opponent mentally.

"It’s very dangerous language for him to be using. Very bad," he stated. "Great for me, as it tells me a lot about his mentality.

George Groves v Jamie Cox: Super Middleweight Quarter-Final - World Boxing Super Series

"The word retirement would only ever be spoken if you guys say it to me. I would never bring that into an interview.

"The fact he has that in his mind is dangerous for him."

The 28-year-old is undoutbedly talking-the-talk ahead of their bout in three days' time, and he's going to have to back up those words in the ring.

Whatever the outcome, it is set to be one of the fights of the year.

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