George Groves claims unanimous points victory over Chris Eubank Jr

Lynette Rowe
February 18, 2018

Groves was frustrated that Eubank Jr falling to his knees was not counted as a knockdown but at the point it just appeared a matter of time. You can also listen to the fight for free on talkSPORT. I've boxed on with cuts, broken jaws, everything.

"He walked in with his shades on, he doesn't want to be here, he wants to get put into retirement so that's what we're going to do on Saturday night, I'm taking that belt home".

"This is the biggest fight of my career", Eubank Jr said.

"It was about who wanted it most".

"George. we're on different levels, different planes; he's in a different stage of his life". I think his weakness is his stamina issues whereas Eubank's strength is his stamina.

"I think this is George's last little hurrah before he settles down, has his family and relaxes for the rest of his life". Although FightNights.com had it 4-3 for Groves through seven rounds, Eubank's offense was sloppy, and he landed punches at a sporadic rate. You don't need to have him around. Either way that's a problem for him.

The 29-year-old's career has previously been remembered for high-profile defeats - two to Carl Froch and one each to Badou Jack and James DeGale -but Groves proved too shrewd and too accomplished for bookies favourite Eubank Jr at the Manchester Arena.

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It was a highly-anticipated scrap where fireworks were expected-primarily because of the big talk that was produced by Chris Eubank Jr.

"I couldn't see out of my right eye for pretty much most of the fight", Eubank Jr revealed.

Groves collected the WBA title with a victory over Fedor Chudinov in Sheffield a year ago but there was a true sense of validation surrounding this triumph on Saturday, at the same venue where Carl Froch inflicted a heartbreaking first career loss in November 2013.

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The claret flowed through the fight, but it was Groves who took the middle rounds in impressive fashion.

Eubank Jr's left hook near the bell salvaged some respectability but Groves - who many pundits predicted could fade late on as a result of some gruelling past encounters - commanded the eighth, leaving Eubank nearly at a standstill.

One plucky punter in Southampton has placed a £500 bet on the East Sussex man to have his hand raised.

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