George Groves claims Chris Eubank Jr is already "rattled" ahead of their World Boxing Super Series semi-final so he doesn't need to play any mind games.
The WBA ‘super’ middleweight champion will put his belt on the line against fellow Briton, Eubank Jr, and the reigning IBO super-middleweight title holder in Manchester on 17th February.
Groves made it to the last-four having comfortably despatched of Jamie Cox with a fourth-round stoppage in the opening round of the tournament at Wembley Arena last month.
I thought Junior would be much more reserved, play it cool a bit more, keep his cards closer to his chest, but he was already really rattled.George Groves
Eubank Jr had already seen off Turkey's Avni Yildirim to reach the semi-finals and the countdown is now on to an eagerly-awaited head-to-head in the New Year.
Eubank Jr has already suggested that Groves' mental strength is questionable following his Wembley knockout defeat against Carl Froch in May 2014, but the Londoner quickly laughed off his opponent's attempts to play mind games and feels it shows that he is worried.
The 29-year-old said on Sky Sports: "I thought Junior would be much more reserved, play it cool a bit more, keep his cards closer to his chest, but he was already really rattled.
"Maybe for some it wasn't that evident, but there were a few things he bit at and maybe a few things I was saying, he didn't want to hear because there might be some truth in what I said.
"But I am not trying to get under Junior's skin. If that happens, it happens, but I am not trying to and I don't envisage I will, like I knew I would with Froch.
"He [Froch] got professional help for the second one and did a fantastic job. But this time around, I didn't think Junior would care."
Groves is 11/8 to win the bout, while Eubank Jr is priced at 8/13 to come out on top.
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