George Groves vs Chris Eubank Jr
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.
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.