The now retired Groves reflected, “Eubank had really built up this thing that had gone on [in sparring] but he must have had a lot of arguments when I wasn’t there, when I’d left the gym. He never spoke once when we used to spar. We’d have sparring sessions and he’d be good work but he was a paid sparring partner. If I didn’t show up, he’d swarm me and I’d have a bad spar. Then the next week I’d have breakfast on time, get to the gym on time and switch on and he wouldn’t lay a glove on me and I’d punch him from pillar to post. That happened a few times so I could see where he got confidence but whenever I turned up he had zero success. He was riding a wave of his own hype. [The World Boxing Super Series] was good fun because you were sparring him and his dad and the WBSS who were out to get me, I felt. It was me against the world which was pretty much my comfort zone.”
The venom between Groves and DeGale was genuine. “He has taken the Eubank fight thinking he can fight me next and he can’t, that ship has sailed,” Groves said. “That fight was never going to happen because he was such a nightmare to deal, the goalposts were always moving.