It wasn’t the most thrilling victory imaginable, but George Groves displayed his pedigree and class in a win over Chris Eubank Jr, retaining his WBA super middleweight title and moving to the final of the World Boxing Super Series tournament.
Groves (28-3, 20 KO) won on scores of 115-113, 116-112, and 117-112. BLH had it 117-111 for Groves.
Eubank (26-2, 20 KO) suffered from many of the same problems that resulted in his loss to Billy Joe Saunders back in 2014, not doing enough work in the first half of the fight especially. He was cut on a clash of heads in the third round, and fought wildly much of the bout, not landing clean or establishing a rhythm.
Groves, meanwhile, boxed effectively from distance, maintaining the tempo of the fight in his favor over most of the 12 rounds. Eubank did close strong, throwing everything he had at Groves in an exciting final frame, but it was too little, too late.
Groves also reportedly suffered a shoulder injury in the 12th round, speculated to be a dislocation.
“He was strong inside, which we expected, but, you know, I’m very, very happy with the performance,” Groves said. “The shoulder’s pretty sore, but I wasn’t going to let anything beat me tonight. Here tonight, I wasn’t going to let any injury get me out. It was about who wanted it most, I think, and I wanted it most.”
“I thought I did enough in the later rounds to win the fight, I thought it was a close fight, but all credit to George,” Eubank said. “This is a part of boxing. Hopefully we can get a rematch, and it was enough of a good fight to have another one.”