James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr in heated debate as they compare defeats to George Groves

  • Tom Kelly
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With the 'Battle of Britain' just around the corner, both James DeGale and Chris Eubank Jr have sparked a peculiar debate concerning their defeats to the recently retired George Groves. 

Groves, who announced his retirement last week, previously fought DeGale as youngsters in 2011, whereas the former WBA super middleweight champion defeated Eubank Jr just last year. 

Whilst filming some promotional material for their upcoming fight, the pair looked back on their previous fights with DeGale arguing that his fight vs Groves was closer and was settled by a 'controversial' majority decision, whereas Eubank Jr's loss to Groves was far more definitive. 

Within the clip shared by ITV, DeGale opens the conversation regarding their previous bouts with George Groves.

"Have you seen my fight against him and have you seen your fight against him?" DeGale asks.

DeGale added: "You got schooled, you got dealt with."

However, Chris Eubank Jr later fires back by stating that he recognises that DeGale is just trying to get under his skin, as he sits in his chair with a relaxed demeanour. 

Nonetheless, despite losing to George Groves himself, DeGale poses the question to Eubank Jr as to whether he could beat the former WBA super middleweight champion of the world. 

Eubank Jr replies: "I'm not here to talk about George Groves. We're here to talk about me and you.

"George is retired, leave him peace."

Shortly after DeGale's relentless questioning, his opponent takes a moment to threaten DeGale with a possible early retirement at the O2 Arena on February 23rd. 

Following the public spat, George Groves took to social media regarding the situation. The former world champion simply replied with a 'man shrugging his shoulders' emoji, highlighting the 'need I say more' attitude and leverage that Groves has over both of these fighters. 

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