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WBSS : George Groves Defeats Chris Eubank Jr, Full Fight, Round Results

WBSS : George Groves Defeats Chris Eubank Jr

(WBSS Semi Final)


🌐 Venue  
Manchester Arena

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Round By Round 

A quiet opening 30 seconds as neither man connects - and it’s not been an explosive start as both men bide their time. Groves’ left hand is slung low as he fires out his renowned jab, and he looks comfortable at range. A cagey opening three minutes but it’s Groves’ session, just.

score (Groves first): 10-9.

Groves, as expected, is the bigger man in the ring, having been lighter at Friday’s weigh-in. Eubank lands a right hand early in the second session but his work has been pretty untidy up till now. Groves works his way into the round and is sticking to his game plan, landing a nice counter jab, and he’s outlanding his younger opponent by three-to-one. The pair trade for the first time in the corner of the ring but neither man lands clean.

score: 10-9 (20-18)

Groves lands early and hard and Eubank’s response is rather wild. But he does manage to land seconds later, and then swings like a mad man, and misses. Eubank has a cut around his right eye as Groves lands a 1-2 and continues to work well behind the jab as he works his way into the session.

score: 10-9 (30-27)

Eubank tries to work on the inside with his uppercut but he fails to find the target. Groves has thus far been able to control the distance, which is so important in this fight. When Eubank does come forward, Groves sees it a mile off and lands the jab. The crowd shows its displeasure at the lack of action but Eubank lifts the pace in the final 30 seconds, but it’s not enough.

score: 10-9 (40-36).

More work on Eubank’s eye there as he continues to be troubled by the cut. Eubank lands a jab early but Groves responds in kind. The younger man tries to bully Groves back to the ropes but his work is so untidy at times. Remember Eubank took too long to get going against Billy Joe Saunders; is he making the same mistake again. Groves strays around the back of the head with chopping hands.

score: 10-9 (50-45)

Eubank attempts to make a fast start as we head for the halfway point. Groves jabs to the body then gets out of reach as Eubank comes forward, but he still lacks finesse. That jab finds its mark again flush on Eubank’s face. The Brighton man rushes in again with his head low but Groves ties him up on the inside. Another one in the book for the champ.

score: 10-9 (60-54)

Eubank steps on the gas at last as he pushes Groves back to the ropes, but once he gets there he doesn’t have the space to work, and his opponent nullifies the attack. Both men land as they return to the centre of the ring. Eubank swings a hook and misses by a mile, but then does catch Groves. Another shot misses and slips to the canvas. He then beats his chest but Groves is having none of it.

score: 10-9 (70-63)

Eubank needs a stoppage on my card now, although he has landed more punches, 38-35 according to the stats. The son of a legend insists he trains himself and you can tell by some of the punches he throws, they are so wild, and Groves just picks him off. He does manage to get through with a left hook but he can’t put any combinations together. A right cross comes back from Groves and then Eubank lands another left - action at last!

score: 10-9 (80-72)

Eubank looking more effective, but has he left it too late? Probably. Definitely. But he is attempting to make a fight of it as both men breathe through their mouths. Eubank ambushes his opponent and rushes him back to the ropes. His work is untidy but he’s the one taking the fight to Groves. Some afters when the ball rings, and we’re into the final quarter of the fight.

 score: 9-10 (89-81)

Eubank lands a big left hook early in but doesn’t follow up! I can’t think of an effective combination from Eubank tonight. The pair trade jabs as Eubank is forced back momentarily. Eubank bobs and weaves as Groves swings - he’s down, but it’s ruled a slip. Groves is pinned back to the ropes but soon reverses the roles and goes on the attack. Groves lands late on.

 score: 10-9 (99-90)

Eubank’s father calls on him to increase the volume but his calls go unanswered. He does manage to land a left hook but his follow-up work is untidy. Groves has been excellent at tying his opponent up and smothering his shots. The pressure is coming from Eubank though, he knows he needs something special. Groves lands a big one as Eubank swings wildly. Groves now three minutes away from the victory.
Score : 10-9 (109-99)

Eubank needs a miracle here and he goes about it with determination but there has been such a lack of a gameplan from him tonight. He pins Groves in the corner but the Londoner just has to stay on his feet here to hold on to his world title. Eubank attempts to pile it on but Groves stands firms and lands a right of his own. The bell sounds and both men celebrate, but there’s only one winner.

score: 9-10 (118-109)

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