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George Groves questions Chris Eubank Jr’s pedigree after ‘old man’ taunts

George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr traded verbal howitzers in a fractious press conference ahead of February’s super-middleweight world title fight

For the best part of an hour George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr went at it, trading barbs and verbal howitzers before boring into each other’s eyes – and souls – at the finale of a testy press conference. This, intriguingly, was not about flogging tickets. Both men already knew their WBA and IBO super-middleweight unification contest had sold out in seven minutes earlier on Tuesday morning.

This was about squeezing and teasing potential pressure points before their fight in front of nearly 20,000 people at the Manchester Arena on 17 February – and both men were intent on causing more than superficial damage. “You’re an old man,” Eubank Jr sneered at his rival. “You’re not the fighter you used to be. You are pretty average, you don’t have much speed, your defence is poor and your stamina is lacking. You can’t compete with me. I am too young, too fresh, too powerful, too quick and too good.”

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