Eubank Jr promises to send Groves into retirement

18 February, 2018, 06:52 | Author: Julian Swanson
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'I dropped him at least once but it didn't count.

The pair eyeballed each other at Friday's weigh-in, with Eubank Jr throwing a few more verbal jabs at Groves, the title-holder, ahead of their World Boxing Super Series semi-final.

"I'm very, very happy with the performance", an elated Groves told ITV Box Office. He cut me, and I couldn't see.

Groves, the older of the two boxers, has been involved in far more high-profile bouts, having fought James De Gale, Badou Jack and Carl Froch, twice, in the professional ranks.

Skinner won the National ABA championship class C 54kg female title in 2013 -- less than a year after taking up the sport -- but was on the wrong end of a 39-38 verdict against Hungary's Gabriella Mezei from referee Mark Lyson.

Eubank Jr, accompanied on stage by his father at the weigh-in, has been beaten just once in his career, by Billy Joe Saunders in 2014, and bookmakers have made him as the slight favourite against Groves. I wanted it most.

Eubank Jr had hoped this contest would ensure he could emerge from his famous father's shadow, yet he looked in trouble as soon as a bad cut above his right eye emerged in the third round, seemingly from an accidental clash of heads.

"He didn't bring pressure because I was hurting him".

Groves then showed his strength by flipping Eubank Jr nearly through the ropes - the ugly inside exchanges were not concerning him.

Blood, however, began streaming down Eubank's face in the fifth round and the fight became messy as Groves looked to hold on when the challenger tried to get close.

"They both have strength and weaknesses at different points".

Eubank touched down at one point, but it was not ruled a knockdown.

One right hand amid a blizzard of hooks landed flush on Groves' jaw and the champion was relieved to hear the bell.

Eubank Jr is available at 13/8 to win by KO, TKO or disqualification, whilst Groves can be found at 3/1 to win by the same methods. Walsh finished strongly, but had to be content with a draw to retain his title after scores of 115-114 (Lowe), 116-114 (Walsh) and 115-115.



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