News | Feb 14 2018

EXCLUSIVE When Chris Eubank Sr confronted Shane McGuigan

Speaking to John Dennen, Shane McGuigan reveals the altercation he had with Chris Eubank Sr and exposes the insecurity he believes lies at the heart of the Eubank camp
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George Groves & Chris Eubank Jr Public Work-Outs  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

SHANE McGUIGAN has shrugged off the insults Chris Eubank Sr, and Junior, have slung his way.

Shane, the son of Barry McGuigan, was in the corner of Carl Frampton when he became a two-weight world champion, of course with George Groves for his fourth and first successful world title shot and is doing sterling work with Josh Taylor among others. He is a young trainer but feels little need to defend himself. Instead he believes the comments from the Eubanks are revealing.

“They’re threatened. I had an altercation with Eubank Senior in David Haye’s gym and I feel like that was because senior was so annoyed that David was training with me. Because I feel that deep down he’d probably want to be able to work with David and sit on the side of the ring and mentor a guy like him,” McGuigan told Boxing News. “I was training all the lads and he came up and tried to undermine me in front of everyone. He said, ‘Sparring.’ Because we were doing padwork.  (It was Tuesday, we do sparring Monday, Wednesday, Friday.) It was [absurd], my dad got offended by it and I laughed at him. Then he came up to me and gave me an apology. I said, ‘Chris I don’t want your apology.’ He went, ‘Well, I’m doing it for your dad then.’ So there’s respect then between him and my father and that’s nice. I think he was a fantastic fighter and it’s a shame that he’s losing the respect and credibility. He’s his own worst enemy. He’s his own on worst enemy. That’s the be all and end all.”