Chris Eubank Jr flexible on moving back to middleweight after defeat against George Groves
By Andy Charles
Last Updated: 18/02/18 5:28pm
Chris Eubank Jr will take whatever route he can to win a world title after suffering a points defeat against George Groves on Saturday.
Eubank Jr (26-2-KO20) stepped up to super-middleweight last year and took part in the World Boxing Super Series at that weight, beating Avni Yildirim last October to set up a clash with his British rival.
Although Eubank Jr admitted it had been tough for him matching up to the much heavier Groves, after the fight he was not ruling out staying at super-middleweight if a world title chance should come up.
He talked about taking on James DeGale, although "Chunky" would need to get his IBF title back from Caleb Truax for a world belt to be on the line and DeGale quickly called out Eubank Jr as a "hype job" on Twitter after watching him get beaten by Groves.
Eubank Jr could even get a call to fight Callum Smith or Jurgen Braehmer in the WBSS final if Groves is unable to overcome the dislocated shoulder he appeared to suffer late in his Manchester victory on Saturday night.
"I'm going to take whatever route I can take to win a world title. The man who George beat - James DeGale - he's out there," said Eubank Jr, who was holding an ice pack on his damaged right eye throughout his post-fight press conference.
"That's a potential fight for me and there are some great fights out there at middleweight, so it's just a case of which one we can get first.
"When you are fighting a man who is over a stone heavier than you, you feel it. You feel it in the punches and in the clinches.
"You learn from every bout. The answer about my chin was answered tonight. I stuck it out, I'm a warrior and I don't stop."
Eubank Jr paid tribute to Groves for his plan, making the most of his weight and reach advantage, although he was disappointed about some of the refereeing.
"This is boxing and you don't always get things your own way. It was a great fight and I felt I did enough in the late rounds to nick it, but George had a great game plan," he added.
"I felt like I was getting a lot of success inside. He caught me with a few jabs here and there and I guess that was enough to win some of the rounds.
"George head-butted me a lot in that fight and I don't know how he didn't get points taken away from him. But this is one-on-one combat and you do what you have to do…and that's what he did.
"I couldn't see out of my right eye for pretty much all of the fight and that affected my style. I had to resort to loading up because every time he would move to my right I couldn't see him.
"Tactically he did the right thing and negated some of my work early on, but I felt towards the end I was hitting him with a lot of shots and hurting him."