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Eubank Jr and Sr.

Chris Eubank Jr explains the one thing that will help him step out of his father's shadow

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Chris Eubank Jr will fight the biggest bout of his career when he takes on George Groves in the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series this weekend.

The IBO Super middleweight champion has only lost one fight in his whole career and given his work rate and willingness to go on the front foot - except, of course against Billy Joe Saunders - that could well continue in Manchester.

Yet, for everything Eubank Jr has done to get to this point, the shadow of his father is still looming large.

Perhaps it always will, as for all the excitement generated by the prospect of two of Britain's best fighters in the division going head-to-head, there is a small part of the public's imagination that struggles to see him as anything other than Chris Eubank Sr's son.

The former world champion probably hasn't helped matters on that front, as 'Simply the Best' has been an ever-present in his fights so far.

Nonetheless, speaking to Sky Sports, the 28-year-old explained how he is doing his best to differentiate himself from his father - starting with the Groves fight.

"I don't think my father will ever have absolutely nothing to do with me, in terms of boxing," he said.

"I've come to terms that people will always compare us. But this is the type of fight that really does separate me from my father.

"Winning this fight, winning the tournament, puts me in a league of my own.

"Obviously as a kid starting off in the game, he was heavily involved because you don't know what you're doing so you look for guidance. Now, aged 28 and a world champion, I know what I'm doing. I don't need that instruction. I've been there, I've done it.

Becoming his own man 

"I'm now at the stage where it's nothing to do with my father. All the support, all the hate, comes from things that I have done as a fighter. As my own man.

George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr. Press Conference

"In the beginning, people said 'he's just doing it because of his dad, it's a gimmick, he just wants to make a little bit of money then he'll do something else'. Now they say 'he's the real deal'. They see the graft and the hard work."

Groves has attempted to play on the Eubanks' insecurities by insulting both of them in the run-up.

It's only a matter of days, though, until the pantomime ends and Eubank Jr is able to take a huge step forward in his career if he can beat Saint George.

How significant would victory over Groves be for Eubank Jr? Have your say in the comments. 

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