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George Groves laughs off Chris Eubank Sr's theory

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George Groves has ridiculed Chris Eubank Sr's 'genetic theory' as he prepares to face off against his son to defend his WBA super middleweight title on Feb 17 at the Manchester Arena.

Eubank Snr had insisted that his son is destined to become a world champion because he has inherited the same boxing talent that also saw him hold world titles at middleweight and super middleweight during the 90s.

A theory that suggests that the offspring will replicate the feats of their parents is perhaps highly questionable and Groves is totally dismissive of it.

"When you talk about genetics, sure I know his dad boxed but that was well before my time and there's no reason to get the laptop out and watch Senior against some little known Belgian or other fighter," Groves told ESPN.

"I bumped into Senior when the draw was made for the Super Series and I thought he would come better prepared with something to say other than his son is genetically gifted at boxing because of what he achieved.

"My dad doesn't look much of an athlete when he's on the sofa on a Sunday afternoon but I am world champion with a legitimate world title. I've moved on at a much different pace than him."

The highly anticipated clash between the English rivals is also the first super-middleweight World Boxing Super Series semi-final.

Eubank Jr. (26-1, 20 KOs) is yet to take part in a fight of such magnitude while Groves (27-3, 20 KOs) has been involved in five world-title fights over the course of his professional career.

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Groves, who last captured the attention of the British sporting public by filling Wembley Stadium in a loss to Carl Froch, has been rebuilding his confidence in the wake of a disappointing defeat to Badou Jack in Nevada in 2015 but now believes he is back to his best and ready to deal with whatever Junior throws at him.

"I think that lately I am unstoppable. My distance control is fantastic, my reach is spot on, my jab is a lot faster than his.

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

"These are all things that will cause Junior nightmares and because of that, I believe it will be a comfortable fight. Once I find my range, once I kick in, there will be a lot of posturing from him a lot of holding from him but I am going to ice him. I believe he will be out cold."

He has certainly been able to handle Senior in the trash talking stakes, soon we will discover if he can handle Junior where it matters, inside the ropes.

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