Chris Eubank Junior's career is in a state of limbo after defeat to George Groves in the World Boxing Super Series on Saturday.
The bout promised to show whether 'Next Gen' was truly the real deal, despite his 2014 defeat to Billy Joe Saunders and his decision to coach himself attracting skepticism. And it was the pessimists that were proven well and truly right on fight night.
Groves completely outboxed his compatriot at the Manchester Arena, winning by unanimous decision, to progress to the final despite suffering a dislocated shoulder in the closing rounds.
Eubank Jnr was poor throughout, failed to control the ring geography and practically conceded the first six rounds.
His performance has been widely slated with the likes of Tony Bellew and Eddie Hearn expressing their bewilderment, while Prince Naseem Hamed even encouraged the 28-year-old to hang up his gloves.
Boxing world criticises Chris Eubank Snr's influence
The majority of the criticism has surrounded his lack of a coach and the bizarre role his dad has played in his career. Frank Warren, amongst others, has implored Junior to completely rid his camp of influence from his father.
However, Johnny Nelson has flipped that very argument on his head with a clear, and rather watertight, message for those criticising Senior.
Nelson thinks Eubank Jnr should take all the blame
In an interview with iFL TV, Nelson explained: "Look - as a fighter - when the bell goes, it's only you that's getting your head smashed in, it's only you sensing whether the other guy is hurting or whether this guy can do you or not.
"So, at the end of the day it doesn't matter what other people say or do, the fighter should accept responsibility for everything that happens when the bell goes.
"And even if training camp didn't go well, even if he's told him to do x, y and z; when the bell goes you have a sixth sense.
"It's unfair to blame the father, and it's unfair to blame anybody else in the background. This is for Junior to take responsibility for.
"If he wants to move onto the next level, he needs to take responsibility for his achievement and his failures. And then, all of a sudden, he'll look back and think: 'I'll fix that, I lost because of this, I lost because of that...'
"He's got to say: 'this is my responsibility, this is my fault and I don't care what anybody else thinks.'"
You've got to say, he makes an interesting point.
All the drama surrounding Senior detracts from what must be seen as a poor showing from Junior and the fact he has no trainer should see him foot even more of the blame.
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