The mysticism and hope surrounding Chris Eubank Junior has been stripped from him after defeat to George Groves over the weekend.
The son of an enigmatic fighter, who claimed Eubank Jnr would surpass Floyd Mayweather, the 28-year-old has left fight fans wondering whether he's truly the real deal for his entire career. Defeat to Billy Joe Saunders had always been brushed off as a youthful error and not a true reflection.
That 2014 loss, however, now looks strangely familiar after Groves outclassed his compatriot at the Manchester Arena to progress through to the World Boxing Super Series final.
Groves was justly named the victor by unanimous decision with Eubank Jnr ending the fight bloodied and swinging amateurish haymakers through tin air. He hurt his opponent at times but even with a dislocated shoulder, the more experienced fighter stood tall.
There was a sense of awkwardness when Eubank Jnr proceeded to call out IBF champion Caleb Truax after the bout and Prince Naseem Hamed even called for 'Next Gen' to retire.
Eubank Jnr completely and utterly outclassed
At the very least, fellow boxers such as Tony Bellew called for a reduced influence from Eubank Snr and for Eubank Jnr to conform and actually hire a coach.
The due pessimism around his career has been corroborated by Frank Warren, the first promoter to witness their fighter outclass Eubank Jnr.
Frank Warren drops truth bomb on Eubank Jnr
Speaking with iFL TV, the 65-year-old had some home truths for Brit, staying: "It panned out just like I thought it would, George would be too big for him, the other guy isn't a big puncher and he's easy to hit. And that's what the fight was, wasn't it?
"It's a shame for Chris, and I don't think he can really turn his career around.
"He has some seriously bad habits and one thing that is the most ridiculous is that he trains himself.
"How can that work? You won't get yourself fit, you won't get yourself looking well. But who's coaching him?
"His dad shouldn't be his manager, it's madness."
Warren: "It's just been hype."
"A trainer's not just there to get you in condition, he's there to coach you, improve on what you do well and, more importantly, improve on what you do bad and that's the problem with Chris.
"It's just been a hype, it's just been a hype all the way through.
"The two times he's stepped up to the plate - he fought Billy Joe Saunders, who was 70% fit, and got beaten by him and the same thing happened with George Groves. It was the same pattern with both fights, he lost the first six rounds and there it went.
"He's got a long way to comeback."
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