FORMER two-time world title challenger Jim McDonnell – the trainer of ex-IBF super-middleweight king James DeGale – has had his say on the upcoming clash between two of his charge’s biggest rivals. George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr were both quick to comment on social media when their foe DeGale lost his IBF belt to Caleb Truax two months ago, but this Saturday (February 17), it will be McDonnell and DeGale watching on as the two super-middleweights contest Groves’ WBA crown in the World Boxing Super Series semi-final.
Here, McDonnell analyses the fight, pinpointing the strengths and weaknesses of both boxers, and stating who he thinks will come out on top at Manchester Arena.
“It’s an interesting fight that’s captured the imagination, but I can’t believe that Eubank is the favourite with the bookmakers. If his name wasn’t Eubank – if it was Chris Smith or Chris Anderson instead – he wouldn’t be the favourite.