All you need to know about Britain’s biggest boxing bash of 2018.
What is it?
A highly anticipated Super-middleweight showdown between two of Britain’s premier boxers.
The winner of the fight will compete in the final of the inaugural World Boxing Super Series, which has also been called the Champions League of boxing.
Chris Eubank JR will put his WBA title on the line alongside George Groves’ WBA title.
When is it and where is it taking place?
The fight will take place on Saturday (February 17) at the Manchester Arena, Europe’s largest purpose-built indoor arena.
What time will the fight start?
The main event is scheduled to begin at around 10pm, with ring walk outs believed to be around 9:40pm.
What are the odds?
Chris Eubank Jr enters the scrap as a slight favourite, with a price of 8/13 to win the highly anticipated face-off.
His opponent George Groves is available at 6/4 to complete the biggest victory of his short, but esteemed career thus far.
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.
Where’s the money going?
Despite entering the contest as the underdog, punters are far more inclined to side with London-born Groves.
Hammersmith local Groves shades who punters are backing, accumulating 56% of all bets on the fight.
Although more of the general public are piling in on Groves, it’s Eubank Jr who is attracting the bigger stakes.
One plucky punter in Southampton has placed a £500 bet on the East Sussex man to have his hand raised.
What TV channel is it on?
The fight will be shown live on ITV Box Office for the price of £16.95, or alternatively you can listen live on talkSPORT for free.
What are their records?
Groves – 27/3/0
Eubank Jr – 26-1-0
What have they said?
Groves discussed Eubank Jr’s thought process: “He thinks he’s going to win because its destiny or it’s his time”.
“None of that crap exists, it’s who is better on the night. It’s not his time.
“The documentary which came out this week looks like ‘Homes Under the Hammer’ [a British TV show auctioning houses]. He’s wandering around, opening windo.ws, testing shelves and stuff in this big house.
“He has got to a position where he wants all the things he’s wanted for so long, he probably thinks he’s going to achieve them.
“But you’ve got to win some fights first, you know what I mean. There’s no point dreaming about stuff which hasn’t happened. He’s getting a little bit ahead of himself.
“It won’t be an easy fight, but the way he has been elevated means it will be a huge fall from grace for him.”
Eubank Jr quipped back: “He won’t go 12 rounds.
“Somebody is getting knocked out, and this chin doesn’t have an off button. His does.
“I don’t have any hate for the guy.
“He’s just the guy with a belt that I need to beat to win the tournament.
“Like I said, I keep my emotions out of boxing. It’s not personal. It’s just punishment.”
What’s your prediction for the fight?
With the nature of the event, it’s sure to be a tightly contested affair.
The main story heading into the scrap is how Eubank Jr will deal with Groves’ jab, and handle him boxing on the outside.
If Eubank Jr is able to adapt to the punishing pace set by ‘Saint’ Groves, he has a plethora of paths to victory.
As Eubank Jr is relatively new to the division, he does face a size disadvantage against his compatriot.
However, if Eubank Jr can stifle the punishing jab and keep the fight at close quarters, he does look a solid bet to take the spoils.
For value, Eubank Jr can be found at 3/1 to win via decision after 12 rounds of hopefully brilliant British boxing.
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