It’s almost exactly one month to the day since Chris Eubank Jr suffered the second defeat of his career against George Groves at the Manchester Arena.
The 28-year-old went into the World Boxing Super Series semi-final as the bookmakers’ favourite but was outclassed over the 12 rounds and deservedly lost on points.
The judges scored the fight 117-112 116-112 115-113 in Groves’ favour and he will now face Callum Smith in the final at the O2 Arena on June 2.
Eubank Jr insisted he would come back stronger after this latest defeat - despite Prince Naseem Hamed’s amusing calls for him to retire from the sport - and praised Groves for pulling off an unexpected victory.
Groves, meanwhile, was in no mood for paying tribute to Eubank Jr due to what had been said in the build-up to the fight.
“I didn’t dislike Junior at all,” Groves was quoted as saying by the Telegraph. “But I am not going to be quick to congratulate him on a ‘stellar performance’ because I thought he was very dismissive and stupid in the build-up. He’s not James DeGale or Carl Froch. I think he was hoping he would be. I just felt like he was a guy who had got himself into a position of hype and I just had to pick that apart.”
Eubank Jr's latest comments on Groves fight sum him up
Eubank Jr has been keeping a low profile over the past few weeks and it’s still unclear where he goes from here.
However, in an interview with the London Evening Standard, the Hove-born boxer come out with some comments about the Groves fight that will raise the eyebrows of boxing fans.
"I was the aggressor, I was the busier fighter,” Eubank Jr insists.
"But he never hurt me or had me in serious trouble. He was being bad and being negative. People saw that.
"People still look at us both and say I'm the more exciting fighter."
These comments, you could argue, sum up Eubank: arrogant and perhaps even a little delusional.
While it might be true that he’s a more exciting fighter than Groves, that doesn’t make him a better fighter.
Groves won in convincing fashion last month and you suspect it would be exactly the same result if they were to have a rematch.
Eubank Jr reveals he's been receiving a lot of hate online
Still, you have to respect the fact that he possesses such thick skin.
During the same interview he admitted that he’s received a lot of hate online following his latest loss.
"I could go online now and say, 'I wish everyone a great weekend and God bless.' (But) one of the first comments will be, 'F*** off’,” he added.
"(If) It was Eubank Jr, just in the ring to make a quick buck, then he’s gonna go and do something else. I’ve had a lot of doubters, haters, a lot of negative comments online — I still do, to this very day.”
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