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Billy Joe Saunders slates Chris Eubank Jr after defeat to George Groves

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Billy Joe Saunders heavily criticised Chris Eubank Jr after his defeat to George Groves on Saturday night.

During the fight on Saturday, where the two champions competed for a shot at the World Boxing Super Series final, Groves out-performed Eubank Jr.

And this proves, according to Saunders, that Eubank Jr doesn’t have what it takes to be the best for a number of reasons.

Saunders told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: "If you think you can be that ignorant and get in there for this calibre of opponent without a trainer and without proper guidance, this is going to happen ten out of ten [times].

"He is never, ever going to be a world beater. I have always said this.”

Saunders, the WBO middleweight champion, beat Eubank Jr in 2014, and insists his rival hasn’t progressed much since then.

"I beat him with six weeks training with a little bit of movement. All I did was use my legs, get on my feet and out-point him.

"I spoke to George Groves the night before. I told him to get on his feet and use his jab and he said 'I've got it, that is what we have been doing’.”

The fight began slow, with Groves in an early lead and in control. Eubank Jr became more desperate as the rounds progressed and eventually lost on points.

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The criticism didn’t stop there, however.

Eubank Jr got stick from his father and former boxer Chris Eubank Sr as well.

“He [Eubank Jr] left it far too late, he should’ve fought like that from the first round.”

Eubank Sr also surprisingly praised Groves' performance.

“I am stunned. He [Groves] boxed beautifully I can’t take anything away from him there.”

George Groves v Chris Eubank JR: Super Middleweight Semi-Final - World Boxing Super Series

Groves dislocated his shoulder in the last round after pressure from Eubank Jr, but the final scores in favour of Groves were 117:112, 116:112, 115:113.

Despite this, Eubank Jr said after the fight: “I thought it was close,” adding, "I thought I did enough in the later rounds to win the fight, but it was a close fight.”

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