Following George Groves victory against Chris Eubank Jr on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena, it wasn’t just the fighters who were the hot topic for discussion post-fight, Prince Naseem Hamed who was acting as a pundit for ITV box office caused quite a stir also.
The former unified featherweight champion had some strong opinions following the fight and bizarrely called for Chris Eubank Jr to retire at the age of 28 following his defeat to Groves, Naseem stated
“Your man’s not what you thought he was, I know this is gonna (sic) say it’s harsh again, my man should just retire, stop he’s won a world title that he believes is a rated world title, why should he come back, hes going to hurt himself “
— Nathan Lloyd (@NMarzy4) February 17, 2018
And this is one of the reasons why Prince Naseem is a legend. pic.twitter.com/fdDzDTYWWL
— Simba Shaz (@SimbaShaz) February 17, 2018
While it was a clear victory for Groves who some would say exposed some of Chris Eubank Jr limitations at world level, particularly a lack of fight changing power and technical ability, to be told to retire at 28 years of age seemed quite harsh.
A more sensible option many have suggested is to move back down to the middleweight division where he may have more legitimate punching power, as quite clearly he looks very small for a super middleweight.