With Chris Eubank Jr set to face George Groves in the World Boxing Super Series this Saturday, the 28-year-old fighter is not only looking to capture his first recognized world title with a victory, but to separate himself from the legacy of his father, as well.
“I’ve come to terms that people will always compare us. But this is the type of fight that really does separate me from my father. Winning this fight, winning the tournament, puts me in a league of my own.”
Eubank (26-1, 20 KO) has, as he says, been compared to his father since day one, an inevitability. But he feels that now he’s coming into his own, no longer a pup in the boxing world who needs the same level of guidance his father gave him early on:
“Obviously as a kid starting off in the game, he was heavily involved because you don’t know what you’re doing so you look for guidance. Now, aged 28 and a world champion, I know what I’m doing. I don’t need that instruction. I’ve been there, I’ve done it. ... I’m now at the stage where it’s nothing to do with my father. All the support, all the hate, comes from things that I have done as a fighter. As my own man.”
If Eubank beats Groves and goes on the win the World Boxing Super Series, do you think he escapes his father’s shadow a little bit? Or would you say he already has? Or would you say it’s impossible to do? The viewpoints are endless. Well, no. They end about there.