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

Naseem Hamed fires fresh shots at Chris Eubank Jr at Callum Smith's fight

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It's been a somewhat miserable week for Chris Eubank Jr.

He was humiliated both in and out of the ring by George Groves, who taught him a real lesson in the semi-final of the super middleweight World Boxing Super Series last Saturday.

And having taken his prized possession, the IBO world title, Groves immediately vacated it as he declined to pay the sanctioning fees, which completely belittled his glorification of the unrecognised belt.

Eubank Jr took a battering in the press and from former boxers, with Tony Bellew calling his father a clown, while Kell Brook and James DeGale both revelled in his defeat.

The Brighton-born fighter has always talked a big game, while Senior once claimed he would be better than Floyd Mayweather, but that all came crashing down at the Manchester Arena.

However, the most shocking criticism came from 'Prince' Naseem Hamed, who urged Eubank to retire to stop himself getting hurt.

Hamed said both the Eubanks need to "do more than just go back to the drawing board", and genuinely appeared to fear for his safety after the crushing defeat last week.

And the former featherweight world champion was back on ITV Box Office's panel for Callum Smith's unanimous decision victory over Nieky Holzken in Nuremberg last night.

Once again, he didn't hold back with his thoughts about Eubank Jr.

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Hamed says he still doesn't know which level Eubank is at, and is unsure whether he is even good enough to challenge for European titles.

"I don't want to backtrack," he stated. "I don't know where he lies, as good as he is, in the professional scene at world level, do I put him at British level, European level or world level? I don't even know if he's at European level.

"All this Instagram and social media and it comes to the fight and it's a complete flop. I've not said all these things out of malice, or issue with the Eubank family.

"I'm talking with my heart, I don't want to see him get hurt. I wish he can get past this point, I want him to prove me wrong."

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

While it is refreshing to hear a pundit truly speak their mind, it does seem a little over the top to suggest Eubank Jr may not even be a world-level fighter, considering he has already held the IBO world belt.

And there is no shame in losing to George Groves, who has proved he is an elite boxer, but there are clear flaws in Junior's game that need fixing, particularly his technical ability.

Eubank will now have to watch Smith and Groves, injury permitting after his dislocated shoulder, fight it out for the Muhammad Ali trophy in June, in another mouth-watering British clash.

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