George Groves vs Chris Eubank Jr

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George Groves vs Chris Eubank Jr
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Date: 
Saturday, February 17, 2018
Location: 
Manchester Arena, Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
Rounds Scheduled: 
12
Contracted Weight: 
168
Titles at Stake: 
WBA (Super) Super Middleweight World Title (Groves's 2nd defence). World Boxing Super Series, Semi-Final
Referee: 
Michael Alexander

Official Judging
Marcus McDonnell 115 - 113
Steve Gray 116 - 112
Howard John Foster 117 - 112

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WBA super middleweight world champion, George Groves, takes part in the semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series tournament, defends his title against slight favourite, Chris Eubank Jr.

Round 1 is tentative, no good shots land, but Groves makes better use of the range, the ring. Groves start round 2 well, not letting Eubank into range, managing to land a glancing blow, and tie Eubank up when he tries to respond. They gunsling in round 2, and it is Groves who lands a few punches. Eubank bombards Groves, but lands nothing clean and is caught going forward, and Groves's jab looks to dictate the fight.

Groves starts round 3 well, lands a left hook, makes Eubank miss a right. Eubank swings away at air, and is hit with a counter right. Eubank manages to land the right hand a couple of times, bothers Groves slightly, but Groves lands his jab cleanly. Eubank is aggressive in round 4, but struggles to land clean, Groves hesitates to throw. Groves lands a clean right hand, mid round, Eubank then runs into a couple of counters, and an ugly clinch. Eubank ends the round well, landing a clean left hand, hurts Groves slightly, but fails to build on it.

Eubank starts round 5 with a hard left to the jaw, but Groves doesn't let him follow it up. Both fighters land the jab in round 5, Groves lands on the counter, but all the aggression comes from Eubank, and the challenger finishes on the offensive. Groves lands clean to start round 6, Eubank swings, but Groves smothers and overpowers a frustrated Eubank. Groves jabs to the body, and defends brilliantly on the ropes. Eubank is very aggressive, but very inaccurate.

Groves starts round 7 with decent straight shots, defends very well, is hit with one good left, but takes it, lands his jab, and a good counter right hand as Eubank comes in. Eubank swings and misses a lot, and late in round 7, he seems tired, as well as frustrated. Groves lands his jab in round 8, feints, uses his feet, and defends well against less punches from a resting Eubank. Groves does not let Eubank hit him with any clean shots, and late in the round, he lands great shots, landing a great counter right hand, and a flush left hook as Eubank charges forward and misses.

Eubank is aggressive in round 9, lands a couple to start it, Groves struggles to let the shots go, still defends very well, lands a couple, but is outworked and bullied. Eubank ends round 9 well, lands a couple of good shots, but can't get through with a sustained attack. Eubank starts round 10 by swinging the left, but Groves is still mobile and defensive. Groves goes back to his jab, and has success with it. Groves lands a flush right, left, and then another right, Eubank falls, but the ref calls it a slip. Eubank tries to go on the offensive, but Groves lands all the good punches.

Eubank tries to take the fight to Groves in round 11, but Groves doesn't let him work. Groves defends very well mid round, lands his jab. Groves lands a brilliant counter right to the chin as Eubank swings, Eubank tries to respond, but doesn't land anything significant. Groves lands a good left hook as Eubank rushes in, and makes Eubank miss again. Eubank goes for the knockout in round 12, Groves is smart, doesn't take unnecessary risks, but when they clinch, and it gets rough, Groves sustains what is clearly a major shoulder injury, Eubank lands his first sequence of hard punches, lands a few hard shots, but he is still made to miss with a lot, and he can't put Groves down as the fight goes the full 12.

Groves gets a comfortable UD win, winning by wide margins on 2 of the cards, defending his world title, advancing to the final of the tournament.

Groves claimed he had scored a couple of legitimate knockdowns during the fight that the referee missed.
Groves said in his post fight interview, that he wanted the win more than Eubank did.
Groves didn't seem so happy after the fight, which was likely due to the posible jeopardy that the WBSS final couod have been in due to Groves's shoulder injury.

Eubanks Sr admitted after the fight that his son had lost, Jr claimed he thought he had won, but as good as admitted he underestimated Groves.




Averaged Fan Card:

round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
George Groves
                                                                    
10
9.94
9.52
9.52
9.23
9.76
9.58
10
9.17
9.82
9.76
9.11
Chris Eubank Jr
                                                                    
9.05
9.05
9.47
9.47
9.76
9.23
9.41
9
9.82
9.11
9.23
9.88


Fan Cards: George Groves vs Chris Eubank Jr


scorecard by ITESTR
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
116
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
9
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
112


scorecard by KAISERKOBA
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
10
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
9
116
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
10
112


scorecard by THEUNDEFEATED
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
115
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
113


scorecard by RUTHLESS-RKO
Round
1
2
3
4
5
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7
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12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
9
113
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
115


scorecard by MJARSULIC
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
116
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
9
10
9
9
10
112


scorecard by JML14
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
114
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
8
10
9
113


scorecard by BOXING PURIST
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
117
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
111


scorecard by NOCTISSOLID
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
10
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
116
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
112


scorecard by MIKE25
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
10
10
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
116
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
9
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
112


scorecard by ENDOFME1994
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
115
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
113


scorecard by THEJAMOOTZ
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
10
10
9
10
10
9
10
10
10
9
9
10
116
CHRIS EUBANK JR
10
9
10
9
9
10
9
9
9
10
10
9
113


scorecard by FLOYD TOUGH COMPETITOR MAYWEATHER
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
115
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
9
10
9
9
10
113


scorecard by BIGLEFTHOOK
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
117
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
9
10
9
9
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
111


scorecard by CHAMPION97
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
10
10
10
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
116
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
9
9
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
112


scorecard by GOLD
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
10
10
10
9
9
10
9
10
9
10
10
9
115
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
9
9
10
10
9
10
9
10
9
9
10
113


scorecard by BOXING KNOWLEDGE
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
10
10
9
10
9
9
10
10
9
10
10
9
115
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
9
10
9
10
10
9
9
10
9
9
10
113


scorecard by LUKASZRPB
Round
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Total
GEORGE GROVES
10
10
9
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
10
9
115
CHRIS EUBANK JR
9
9
10
10
10
9
9
9
10
9
9
10
113


Comments

Champion97's picture

Prediction,

This is a very interesting fight. There are two very different ways of looking at this, both guys have good chances, for very different reasons.

This isn't a fight which is predicted similarly by everyone, but rather, you could ask one person for a prediction, hear one theory, ask someone else, and hear something completely different.

I think Eubank will win the fight, go through to the final, I would love to be wrong, I think Eubank is a horrible, callas human being, and I am a fan of Groves, but I think Eubank will win this one.

Eubank has a certain high level of talent, he is a natural puncher, mentally, he is at home when he is fighting, he has phenomenal stamina, he has a granite chin. I think before a fight, it is easy to be convinced by certain things, and sometimes they are important aspects, but at the end of the day, ultimate confidence matters, ability to physically hold up against punches, matters, being the less fatigued fighter in the late rounds, these things are very important.

Groves is still under 30, so he is in the age range of a prime fighter, but is the developed skilset, the enhanced experience of Groves enough to outweigh any mental scars and physical toll taken from his losses? Groves does have a very good chance, if he doesn't get hit, and he doesn't waste any steam early, he isn't old, he is the bigger fighter, he can punch, he has a lot of skills, we know he is a capable boxer, even in his losses, he impressed us.

I think Eubank Jr will stop Groves, I think Groves will have success, his weight advantage will help him, he'll land some big shots on Eubank, he might well hurt him, but when Groves pace drops, Eubank will begin to tee off, and it won't be too long before he finds a finishing shot or onslaught. I think Eubank might be trailing on the cards, but I think he'll stop Groves in 8.

I think both these guys are professionals, bit guys will be physically in great shape, but I think the difference is, mentally, Groves might be looking forward to retirement, but has the professionalism to see his career out to the end, he's to dedicated to his craft to retire too young, but Eubank, not only is he not going anywhere until retirement is a good idea, but I think he lives and breathes boxing, I think he is obsessed with the sport, and that really (if I'm right about that) does give him a mental upper hand.

If Groves loses this, I think definitely retire, if he wins, then he'll go through to the final, take on either Smith or Braehmer for the trophy, after which time, I think he will call it a day, win or lose, so he has 1-2 fights left, it is is just a matter of whether he leaves the sport on a positive or negative note. Whether he wins or loses this, he has done himself proud with his career, he showed us so much skill, and will against Carl Froch, he fought tooth and nail against Badou Jack only to lose a disputed decision, so it was great to see him win a world title, he was a deserving champion.

Eubank shouldn't overestimate himself, or underestimate Groves, weight matters, size matters, and his dad, as a trainer, could be tested in this fight, I don't rate him as a top trainer, he's a wise man in the sport, but he is no coach. I don't think Eubank is the best in his division, and I don't think he will have it his way when he fights a fighter like Groves, but with a good chin, particularly good stamina, and who is overall maybe slightly better. A lot of people will laugh at Eubank if he loses this, because he's a bully he's a disgusting human being, and when he wins, we have to give him credit, we don't like to.

Champion97's picture

Predictions.

Callum Smith - Groves
Tony Bellew - Groves
Dominic Ingle - Eubank
Kell Brook - Eubank
Dillian Whyte - Groves
Jim McDonnell - Groves
Carl Froch - Eubank
Carl Frampton - Groves
Jamie Cox - Groves
Isaac Chamberlain - Groves
James Degale - Groves
Paulie Malignaggi - Eubank
Eddie Hearn - Eubank
Frank Warren - Groves
Anthony Yarde - Eubank
Anthony Crolla - Eubank
Dewey Cooper - Eubank
J'Leon Love - Groves
Badou Jack - Groves
Keandre Gibson - Groves
Eddie Mustafa Muhammad - Eubank
Amer Abdallab - Eubank
Kevin Lee - Eubank
Dan Wettlauffer - Eubank
Nate Vazquez - Eubank
Angelo Reyes - Eubank
Ricky Hatton - Groves
Spencer Fearon - Eubank
Mario Petrov - Eubank
Ohara Davies - Eubank

Groves: 13
Eubank: 17

Champion97's picture

Tale of the tape.

Groves

Height: 182
Reach: 183
Experiences at 168: 19
Age: 29
World title contests: 5
Year of debut: 2008
Fights: 30
Wins: 27
Amateur record: 66-10
Best win (opinionated): James Degale
Latest loss: 2015
Defeated by: Carl Froch (twice), Badou Jack
Knocked out by: Carl Froch (twice)
Year of first title fight: 2010
Current activity rate (fights from 2016 present): 6
KO Percentage: 67

Eubank

Height: 180
Reach: 184
Experiences at 168: 3
Age: 28
World title contests: 0/3 (IBO?)
Year of debut: 2011
Fights: 27
Wins: 26
Amateur record: 24-2
Best win (opinionated): Arthur Abraham
Latest loss: 2014
Defeated by: Billy Joe Saunders
Knocked out by:
Year of first title fight: 2014
Current activity rate (fights from 2016-present): 5
KO percentage: 74

Best opponents between them (opinionated)
1. Carl Froch (Groves lost, TKO 9. Groves lost, KO 8)
2. Badou Jack (Groves lost, SD)
3. James Degale (Groves won, MD)
4. Billy Joe Saunders (Eubank lost, SD)
5. Fedor Chudinov (Groves won, TKO 6)
6. Martin Murray (Groves won, UD)
7. Arthur Abraham (Eubank won, UD)
8. Eduard Gutcknekt (Groves won, UD)

BIGLEFTHOOK's picture

groves has got to stick that jab into eubanks face from the get go and keep his range i dont think groves can win this on the inside.

Gold's picture

Don't have a long form prediction for this but I believe this is about a 50/50 fight and I can see reasons why both can win. Groves has a lot of miles on him for his age and has been talking about retiring in the not so distant future. I think prime Groves wins this clearly as I think he is a better boxer. However, Groves had difficulty with Chudinov and Cox wasn't a real barometer of his level so I believe his level could be declining. Eubank has a much better mental game going into this and seems like he wants it more so I will predict Eubank UD.

Champion97's picture

That was the best I've ever seen from Groves, what a win!

I think the two important differences in this fight, were size, and calibre.

Groves boxed tactically very well, he waited for Eubank to come in, so he could counter, he worked very well off the jab in the early rounds, Eubank was static, Groves was feinting, using his ring craft, Eubank was stuck in the mud. Whenever Eubank came in swinging, threw caution to the wind, he might have landed the odd good shot, but Groves was always able to use his size, overpower Eubank in the clinch, and whenever he threw him back, pushed or shoved him, Eubank knew he would only run into a counter or two if he rushed forward to make it more his fight.

Where Eubank goes from here, I don't know, as for Groves, well he will go through to the final, take on the winner of Smith vs Braehmer, I'd like to see him retire after that, but what a career Groves has had, and to do what the majority did not expect him to do, defeat a dangerous fighter like Eubank, fantastic.

I think Eubank was competing at a low level for too much of his career, I don't know if his dad took time to let him fight tough opponents, but what is clear, is that for too long, Eubank was made to look better than he is because of his poor opposition. Even though Groves isn't much older than Eubank, he looked so much more experienced, skilled than Eubank, because of the difference in level of opponents between Groves and Eubank over the years, and the fact that Groves was fighting Carl Froch when Eubank was fighting non title fighters with a lot of losses at a low level says a lot.

I think Groves beat Eubank at his own game, he was better on the inside, the outside, he was physically stronger, and Eubank could never land more than one good shot at a time, and unless you put the other guy down, one shot, over a long time period, is not enough.

I'm very glad Groves won this fight, he has achieved so much in his career, he proved a lot in defeat to Carl Froch, but after two losses to Froch, and defeat to Badou Jack, it looked like his career was in tatters, from the moment he got stopped by Froch the first time, all the way to 2 years later, the Jack loss, it seemed like his recognition in the first Froch fight was very brief, but everything since that comeback fight, early in 2016, he has bounced back, stronger than ever. Groves is no longer 'the nearly man', he has won a world title, and caused an upset in his second defence, you have to take your hat off to him.

I don't think Eubank Jr will ever be a world champion, and to be honest, I'm not sad for him, he's a bully, he doesn't deserve to be a world champion.

BIGLEFTHOOK's picture

was easy for the much more skilled groves. eubank is like an amateur it was funny seeing the difference in class.

Champion97's picture

Harsh, but true.

Boxing Purist's picture

Wow, did Groves win the battle of the walkout music in my view at least until whatever that was that came on . Don't get me wrong I like Dr. Dre but it's hard to beat Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones.

Champion97's picture

One thing has to be said for Groves, he knows how to make an entrance.

Boxing Purist's picture

You could see his left shoulder was gone in that 12th session, he showed a lot of courage and heart to stand in there, fend off & even trade some in the last frame against Eubank with one arm.

Champion97's picture

Are you a dog person?

Boxing Purist's picture

I love dogs, the wife kids and I have 3. All pugs, the one in my profile pic is the oldest Daisy.

Champion97's picture

We have two dogs, Charley, and Toffee.
Charley is 4, a Lhasalier cross with a King Charles Spaniel.
We just got Toffee yesterday, she is less than 2 months old, a Cavapoo, and she has us all wrapped around her paw, right now she's sound asleep, she keeps sleeping, and then going wild, sleeping, then going wild again.

Boxing Purist's picture

Haha I love it, I'm the biggest pushover in the world when it comes to dogs, my wife being a close second. We have Daisy 9, Francis 4 and JoJo 2 all girls. It's the best when they're pups, well anytime really. I'm watching a replay of Valdez vs Quigg right now with Fran on my lap. Hey should we make new posts when we go to make more pics for PCOM or just edit our original posts?

Champion97's picture

Sounds great.

When you say "pics", do you mean predictions? If so, then just edit your comment. Basically, as long as you make your prediction before the fight, you can make predictions an hour before the fight, or 3 months in advance, does that answer your question?

Boxing Purist's picture

Yes, I meant "pics" to mean predictions, forgot the K in picks. And yes that answers my question thanks Champ97.