CHRIS EUBANK JR stood waiting for George Groves. He planted himself at the centre of the stage, waiting for the WBA super-middleweight champion’s approach. He rubbed the knuckles of his right hand, already in a thin glove, itching it seemed to be thrown in anger on Saturday night. Boos and jeers rang out from the hall at the Hilton Hotel, densely packed with fans for today’s George Groves vs Chris Eubank Jr weigh in. The sound reached Eubank, he was more than aware of his surroundings. None of it phased him though. He fed on it. Eubank stood poised, nostrils flared, looking every inch a fighter.
Groves however did not miss a beat. Wearing sunglasses like movie star, with an entourage including boxing legend Barry McGuigan trailing in his wake, he brushed past Eubank, the corner of his mouth curling up in a smile.
Eubank had a legend of his own at his side, his father, Chris Senior, a sheriff’s badge pinned to his jacket, glinting in the soft light.