Groves Decisions Eubank

By Robert Ecksel on February 17, 2018
Groves Decisions Eubank
Groves knows how to win when it counts. (Andrew Couldridge/Action Images via Reuters)

WBA super middleweight champion George Groves decisioned IBO super middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr. over 12 lopsided rounds…

Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom, WBA super middleweight champion George Groves (28-3, 20 KOs), from Hammersmith, London, decisioned IBO super middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr. (26-2, 20 KOs), from Brighton, Sussex, after 12 lopsided rounds in the World Boxing Super Series semifinal.

The final scores were 117-112, 116-112, and 115-113.

Fighting out of the blue corner in black trunks with red trim, Groves controlled the pace throughout the fight. After a touch and go first round he dominated the action, relying on his experience and savvy to pocket rounds and pile up points. He also drew first blood in the third round, which bothered his opponent throughout.

Eubank, fighting out of the red corner in black trunks, entered the fight as a live underdog, a generous assessment in retrospect. He is athletic and ambitious, but his wide looping punches, lack of power, and inability to think on his feet hampered him all night long. As Groves tired Eubank finally let his hands go and came into his own in the ninth. But Groves was too far ahead. He would not be denied.

Groves is not the best of the best and is likely past his prime. But he’s an old-school fighter who always delivers, whether the chips are up or down. He knows how to fight. He also knows how to win when it counts.

After the fight, with his face bruised and arm in a sling from a possible dislocated shoulder, Groves summed up his performance.

“Terrific fight for the fans,” he said. “Chris Eubank didn’t bring the pressure he said he would. I dropped him at least once but it didn’t count. Very, very happy with the performance. The shoulder is sore, but I wasn’t going to let anything stop me. The jab was landing correctly all night, when he had success it was because I did something wrong. I’d already hurt him before the cut. Credit to him for getting through the rounds because I didn’t think he would.”

That Eubank did. But to quote George Groves a final time, “The better man won tonight.”

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  1. Koolz 10:45am, 02/19/2018

    I see the Ref missed two knock downs.  I don’t know how I missed that the first time but watching it the second time there as clear as day.

    Groves should have had a couple 10-8 rounds.

    Eubank Jr Cracks me up he is going to be the King of the Windmill hook.


  2. Your Name 09:34am, 02/19/2018

    Eubank absolutely got beaten. Badly. At least one KD and perhaps two, the first KD in the first couple of rounds. I hope Eubanks doesn’t start politicking that he should be Groves stand in if Groves can’t make the finals due to his shoulder. That would destroy the meaning of the victory of Groves as well as continuing to feed into Eubanks entitlement mindset.

  3. Koolz 01:54pm, 02/18/2018

    Alfonso Bedoya
    yea I need to watch the fight again.
    alright I will watch the fight again.

  4. Alfonso Bedoya 01:16pm, 02/18/2018

    @Koolz-You have commented here forever and have graciously provided great links….this is the first time in memory that you have come off the wall….you need to do a follow up review because there was possibly two KDs and for sure one missed….the fight was not close!

  5. Koolz 12:46pm, 02/18/2018

    OH man the fight made me laugh.  But I thought Eubank Jr had it. 

    Eubank Jr needs to not bring his head down when coming in and instead used his gloves and eyes to watch for those punches when coming in.  Putting your head down blinds you.

    Groves loves Head locks. 
    Forgot Groves was a southpaw that fast jab causing problems all through the fight.

    After the fight I didn’t think Groves won it.

  6. Alfonso Bedoya 12:33pm, 02/18/2018

    “Eubank has evolved into a beautiful boxer” (Caryn Tate)....Eubank’s “wide looping punches, lack of power, and inability to think on his feet hampered him all night long” (Robert Ecksel). Clearly beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  7. raxman 02:35am, 02/18/2018

    The Beast - you nailed it. everything I thought from his lack of guile whilst trying to get inside GG’s jab to his need for a real, top level trainer.
    I think the best thing he could do is go back to vegas and get some work with Floyd snr. I think instead of trying to be a pressure fighter he’d be great as a counter puncher, especially if he is staying at 168. I know GG is a big super middle but he dwarfed CE
    I also think he has been under matched too much, it was clear the stuff he was trying against Groves worked on the C-B level guys he’s been in with but was never going to work on an elite experienced fighter

  8. The Beast of Bodmin 02:26am, 02/18/2018

    Groves was the underdog with the bookies in England too, not that I was brave enough to bet on him though. Congratulations to The Saint, I thought he might tire later on and Eubank’s speed would bother him but just as Billy Joe Saunders showed, if you can box well you can beat Eubank Jr.
    He seems to be lacking that bit of guile required at the top level and if he can’t just walk down his opponent he gets a bit desperate and can’t adapt.
    Maybe he needs to try a professional trainer and actually listen to them instead of trying to copy his dad’s one man band act.
    I think he might even have wrapped his own hands beforehand, not certain about that though.

  9. raxman 02:05am, 02/18/2018

    I’d just like to thank the bookmakers down under who had Groves by decision at 11-2. Every now and then the bookies down here just don’t know. I got Maidana at 4-1 vs Broner and I thought that was good but this is the easiest money I made since Tarver paid 6-1 the ko vs Danny Green.

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