George Groves vs Chris Eubank Jr
WBA super middleweight super world champion, London's George Groves, takes on hard hitting challenger, Brighton's Chris Eubank Jr, in the semifinal of the World Boxing Super Series tournament. The fight takes place in Manchester. Though the B-side, Eubank enters the fight, a slight favourite.
The fight begins at a tentative pace, the champion, trying to establish his jab, the challenger, trying to charge through any counters, and find an opportunity to let his hands go. Groves seems to score the early points, as all the punches come from him, keeping a tense Eubank at distance with his clean jab.
Eubank begins to raise the pace as the middle rounds approach, and he does land with the occasional power shot, but is always unable to follow it up, as Groves overpowers him in the clinches, and ups his quantity of landed punches, getting the better of most exchanges. Eubank suffers a horrible cut, a deep, long gash, having to bite down, fight through the sting.
Things do not look up for a trailing Eubank in rounds 7 and 8, as Groves continues to box within his brilliant game plan, dropping the pace, taking rests when he wants to, happy for Eubank to swing for the fences, and take more out of himself. Eubank is able to land a solid left hook early in round 9, but a smart George Groves is able to disallow him from capitalising, and in a tight round, Groves is able to not only survive, but have his own success for the duration of the round.
Eubank throws caution the wind in the last quarter of the fight, but it is the bigger, more skilled fighter who has the better of the swings and the inside battle in rounds 10 and 11, seeming to slightly hurt Eubank with a couple of shots, Eubank, brave, trying to deter Groves, but unsuccessful, and made to look clumsy, and unskilled.
Eubank has his best round of the fight, seems to hurt Groves, but in this final session, he is far from able to knock Groves off his feet, and Groves, having a tough time in the closing minutes, but controlled, still throwing back, and not in any serious trouble.
Both fighters seem to think they have won, though most if not all viewers believe Groves has done enough to win, the majority, thinking he has won comfortably.
Groves wins via unanimous decision, with the scores ranging between a narrow 2 points, and a wide 5 points. George Groves makes the second successful defence of his world title, and secures his place in the final of the tournament. Chris Eubank Jr falls to his second to defeat, leaving his career with question marks surrounding it.
During the course of the fight, Groves appeared to knock Eubank down a couple of times, but referee Michael Alexander called no knockdown on all occasions.
After the fight, it was revealed that Groves suffered a badly dislocated shoulder in the fight, and may need extra rime before competing in the final of the tournament.