Four-time world title challenger, Martin Murray has claimed that former opponent George Groves could stop Chris Eubank Jr in the semi-final of the World Boxing Super Series on February 17th.
Murray, who dropped a unanimous decision to Groves in 2016 has suggested that Eubank Jr. will fall short in his attempt to advance to the final of the WBSS.
“I think George Groves is going to win, I think he can out-box Eubank,” Murray exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I really rate Eubank, I think he’s got a good engine – his fitness his work-rate, but that’s only when he’s fighting opponents who allow him to work on them.
“Groves is a very good boxer and I think he can out-box Eubank, plus he hits very hard.”
Eubank Jr. knocked Avni Yildirim out devastatingly in the third round of his WBSS quarter-final. Respectively, Groves stopped domestic rival Jamie Cox in four rounds in his quarter-final.
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Murray continued by saying: “Eubank has got a very good chin, but it’s never been tested on someone with Groves’ power.
“But you know Groves does fade. If Eubank can weather the storm and get to work on him late on who knows what could happen, but I’m picking Groves.”
Eubank Jr. has a sole career defeat against Billy Joe Saunders, a split-decision loss back in 2014. He hasn’t been defeated since and has never been stopped in his career.
“I’ll go with a decision, but I think Groves can definitely stop him,” predicted Murray.
Groves has been stopped twice in his pro-career, both times against bitter rival Carl Froch in failed world title challenges.
He eventually did win a world title at the fourth attempt, stopping Fedor Chudinov last year in Sheffield.
Both Eubank Jr’s IBO super middleweight title and Groves’ WBA title will be on the line when the two square off at Manchester Arena.
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