Chris Eubank Jr lost his Super Series bout against George Groves in a lopsided decision last weekend.
The 28-year-old looked untidy and sloppy, putting in one of his worst performances to date.
Whereas Groves remained patient and precise, Eubank looked more like an uncoordinated windmill at times, swinging wildly at thin air often, and earning a stiff jab for his troubles.
Boxing trainer Dave Coldwell has now chimed in, and joined the swathe of calls for Jr to part ways with his long-time trainer Chris Eubank Sr.
“It’s the fighter’s fault for not listening,” Coldwell told Metro.co.uk.
“If you’re wanting to look for guidance in the ring off Sr, throughout Jr’s career when that minute break has come he’s been parading himself around the ring. Looking at himself and basically says nothing.
"When sh** goes wrong, how’d you expect a fighter to look into Sr’s eyes and trust that what he’s saying is right? You can’t do that. You’re either his trainer or his cheerleader.
“It’s not just about having a trainer, it’s about having a trainer you respect enough to listen to. I’m not saying that Ronnie Davies isn’t a good trainer, not saying his dad isn’t a good trainer because I don’t know what he does. I do think his dad is clueless when it comes to corner work.
"But, whatever happens in that gym, Eubank Jr obviously doesn’t respect Davies or his dad to do what he’s told in the ring. You can’t tell me he works on his foot development, on his boxing intelligence in the gym, then doesn’t do it in the fight, but still respects his trainer.
“I thought he’d have learned from the Billy Joe Saunders fight on how to close someone down a bit better, but he was even worse. He’s not listening to his trainers, he needs a real trainer.”
As for who he believes that trainer should be, there’s only one person in Coldwell’s mind who’ll fit the bill.
"I think he had the best coach for him, he had Adam Booth. But Eubank wrecked it by being unable to work together, not listening, wanting to do it his way and the old man wanting to dictate things,”
“If I was Eubank Jr I would take my cap off and go and beg Adam Booth to take me back.”
Eubank Jr is at a crossroads in his career there can be no doubt.
He’s gone from being on the verge of a world championship and potential Super Series victory; which would’ve propelled him into many super-fight conversations, to the back of the line.
A lot of rebuilding is required, not because he lost to Groves, a tough opponent for sure, but because of the manner in which an aged Groves took him apart.
Though it was only the second defeat of his career, the Hove native looked amateurish.
He’s going to have to build up an impressive run of victories now if he ever hopes to be in the right sort of conversations again.
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