Groves defeats Eubank, headed to WBSS final

Joanna Estrada
February 18, 2018

Groves ran out victor in the end via unanimous points decision.

Groves will now tackle either Callum Smith or Juergen Braehmer in the final for the inaugural Muhammad Ali Trophy in June. Here's how to live stream Groves vs Eubank Jr, plus details of how to watch the fight on TV. The better man won, but credit to Junior for getting through the match because I hurt him a lot.

"I dropped him at least once but it didn't count".

There seemed little threat to Groves when they finally met in the ring, his jab enabling him to control the initial pace, aided by a cautious start from the Brighton fighter.

Groves did appear to be hurt - certainly exhausted - during a frenetic final round in which Eubank had some success, but he saw the fight out for a resounding win. It saw him press Groves onto the ropes, ducking down and shunting forward.

Eubank Jr displayed courage throughout and a strong chin, a trait he appears to have inherited from his father Chris Eubank, but his shots were thrown with more careless abandon while Groves used distance wisely to pick and choose his moments.

Groves came through a fully of punches in the final round, going toe-to-toe with Eubank, and he nearly escaped unscathed.

The trademark Eubank Jr swarm was shrugged off by Groves despite being trapped at the post, but he now had a taste of the speed and ferocity of his rival.

It became increasingly apparent that Eubank Jr needed a knockout if he was to claim a victory over Groves and deep in the fight, he made no disguise of that fact.

Eubank Jr's cut was again opened up and the front and back of referee Michael Alexander's shirt was left caked in blood, with the IBO champion beginning to tire as Groves hovered over him looking to finish him off.

"I thought I did enough in the later rounds to win", Eubank Jr told ITV Box Office. I've got so much more to achieve in my career.

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