By Chris McKenna, courtesy of The Daily Star

GEORGE GROVES claims he requested for Chris Eubank Jnr to be in his half of the draw for the World Boxing Super Series.

Groves must beat his former England amateur room-mate to book a place in the lucrative tournament’s semi-finals against Eubank Jnr.

As No.1 seed, Groves got to pick his opponent for the quarter-finals of the £20m tournament first but has now revealed his other request to the organisers.

Groves, who lost two huge clashes with Carl Froch, said:

“I told them to make sure that Chris Eubank is on my side of the draw. I also picked Jamie Cox as my first opponent. One of the many reasons is that it is a British fight for me and that would naturally create a bit of excitement here in the UK. Eubank’s fight going out a week before my fight has also added to it, the excitement.

“When I knew Eubank was definitely in the competition as a seeded fighter I asked what number and was told three. I made a fairly simple request and it went through. Lots of my requests have gone through.

“It sets up a massive domestic fight. I’ve been involved in a few big ones already and this might not match it but it will definitely be big.”

Groves finally completed his dream of winning a world title at the fourth attempt when he beat Fedor Chudinov at Bramall Lane in May.

But he insists the tournament-style competition has ensured he still has the bit between his teeth ahead of his clash with Cox.

The pair shared a room together when they were teenage “scallywags” at England Boxing’s old Crystal Palace base and on international trips.

The Hammersmith man does not believe Cox - who is unbeaten in 24 fights but has yet to fight at world level - is ready for the big step up.

He said: “World titles are special, there are a lot of world champions out there but I want to be the first British fighter who comes out on top of this tournament.

“He has been talking a lot about taking tiny steps, one step at a time but the problem is for him there are no little steps to take, this is a giant step - a leap in levels in opposition, we will see if he can cope. He might not be capable.

“I think I am the best super-middleweight in the world that is why I was the first one to sign up for the Super Series.

“I was willing to put everything on the line as long as I got paid for it. The tournament has come along at the perfect time for me. It’s good for my career.”