George Groves taught Chris Eubank Jnr a boxing lesson on Saturday night as he progressed to the final of the World Boxing Super Series.
Fighting with far more intelligence and emerging quickly as the ring general, Groves was able to secure a comfortable points decision as 'Next Gen' finished the fight bloodied and with a second professional defeat on his record.
It was massive blow to Eubank Jnr who was once heralded the next-best-thing in British boxing and even touted to match Floyd Mayweather by his father.
Defeat to Groves, however, has cast his career into doubt with such a convincing defeat seeing some of boxing's biggest names criticise him for his non-conformitism and amateurish tropes.
The likes of Prince Naseem Hamed, Tony Bellew and Eddie Hearn have all questioned his future and fans could barely believe that Eubank Jnr even considered calling out IBF champion Caleb Truax afterwards.
Chris Eubank Jnr loses his IBO belt
Furthermore, the judge's decision robbed the 28-year-old of his IBO super-middleweight strap that has served as something of a bargaining chip for Eubank Jnr in recent months.
Amidst the abundance of organising bodies, the IBO belt is considered one of the weakest titles by fight fans and some fail to acknowledge it as a 'real' world title.
Eubank Jnr has come in for a lot of criticism for boasting about the belt in spite of these doubts and has even sought to defend himself over the matter on Twitter.
George Groves has already brushed it aside
Well, the whole situation has been summed up by Groves who has boxing fans in stitches with his decision to vacate the belt just five days after the fight.
It was spotted that the IBO hadn't named the Brit as the new champion after the fight with president Ed Levine eventually clarifying that they couldn't reach an agreement on sanction fees. Groves, in other words, put up no fight to keep the strap.
Brutal. What one fighter essentially used to define his legitimacy and progression has been completely tossed aside by his conquerer already.
Fight fans find it hilarious
Take a look at how fans reacted:
The IBO belt has been worn by the likes of Mayweather and Gennady Golovkin yet it won't open many doors for Groves in the super-middleweight division, hence his decision to not cough up.
His WBA (Super) title carries far more prestige and has served to revive his career after defeats to Carl Froch and Badou Jack.
Eubank Jnr, on the other hand, will need to do more than win back the IBO championship to turn things around. Actually hiring a trainer would be a sensible start.
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