Not because he doesn’t feel worthy of the platform or fighting the controversial character, rather he feels the Brighton boxer was “embarrassed” to such a degree against George Groves that he should have hung up his gloves.
The Westmeath man takes on the star name on the World Boxing Super Series super middleweight final night in Saudi Arabia on Saturday September 28th.
It’s a massive opportunity for the southpaw to impress and potentially change his career, but rather than express gratitude at the chance to announce himself to the world on the George Groves v Callum Smith undercard, the Irish super middleweight champion has gone on the Eubank Jr offensive.
The ten-round clash plays out as the chief support bout in Jeddah, with Eubank being an alternate should either of the main event fighters be forced to pull out.
McDonagh, though, isn’t coming to make up the numbers and has been training the past month since his team first got wind of the potential scrap.
In his first interview since the fight was announced, the brother of former Irish light heavyweight Irish champion Paddy hit out at the ‘Eubank Circus’, claimed Eubank Jr should have retired after his WBSS semi-final defeat to Groves in February, and promised to knock out the outspoken son of fight legend Chris Eubank.
“I am surprised he did not retire after he embarrassed himself against Groves,” McDonagh told Irish-Boxing.com before suggesting Eubank [26(20)-2(0)] hasn’t the stomach for the type of fight the Mullingar native will bring.
“He’s a fit man but he does not know how to fight hard, I’m a fighting man from a fighting family of generations of fighters. Him and his dad are a circus, they think they look clever but they are a pair of fools!”
McDonagh, who has sparred the fighter who holds a win over Spike O’Sullivan, continued his sensational attack on the Eubanks’ character by referencing the younger’s time spent in America as a teenager away from the father.
“I feel sorry for Jnr. His dad gave him away 10 years ago, he only got him back when he knew he could pinch a few pounds out of him. When I knock him out his dad will forget about him again.”
“He acts all mean and moody all the time, trying to be a hard man when all he really is is a fucking idiot.”