George Groves UD12 Chris Eubank Jr.
‘Saint’ George Groves proved to be the better man on Saturday evening in Manchester as he outclassed rival Chris Eubank Jr. over twelve rounds to win a unanimous decision and advance to the finals of the World Boxing Super Series.
Both fighters took their time in gauging their opponent to start in the fight, but Groves was a little bit busier and more effective with the jab in the early rounds. Eubank tried to counter Groves’ jab with right hands, but was not able to find the mark cleanly and it was Groves who managed to stun Eubank late in Round 2.
Eubank came out firing in Round 3 and briefly stunned Groves, but was unable to effectively follow up as Groves tied him up. Eubank got clipped with a headbutt mid way through the round that opened a bad cut on the side of his eye.
Groves continued peppering Eubank with jab from the hip in round 4 and started landing combinations as the rounds wore one, while Eubank seemed to have a hard time closing the distance without smothering his punches or letting Groves tie him up.
Eubank seemed to realize he was well behind in Round 9 as he tried to pick up the pressure and land something big to turn the fight around, but doing so gave Groves more openings to land his combinations and provided for some of the best back and forth action in the fight. Both fighters landed big punches in Rounds 11 and 12 but Eubank was not able to do the damage he needed to put Groves away.
Official scores were 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 all for Groves, who will fight the winner of next week’s Juergen Braehmer vs. Smith fight in the World Boxing Super Series Final, which is set for May 2018.
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