How a perfect gameplan enabled George Groves to nullify Chris Eubank Jr’s undisciplined attacks

Phil Jay 18/02/2018

Upon reflection of what transpired on Saturday night, it was apparent George Groves fought the perfect gameplan at Manchester Arena in defeating Chris Eubank Jr.

On the WBN Scorecard, Eubank took victory 116-113 after twelve hard-fought rounds to go against the views of the majority of fans and pundits alike.

A media seat in block 115 with beer flowing didn’t help the situation (and is no excuse), whilst Groves fully deserves the plaudits after the encounter was put through a second viewing on Sunday morning.

(The scorecard has since been removed as it’s not a true reflection of how the fight would have been scored from a ringside or TV position)

Tying up Eubank Jr. and making his windmill swings look amateurish at times, Groves used all his boxing know-how and superiors strength to get the job done.

With many people, obviously some of those with a dislike for Junior, taking the opportunity to claim Eubank Jr. was schooled by Groves – this simply wasn’t the case at all.

In fact, in four of the rounds, the pair were split by only one punch (all twelve within six punches) and those final two rounds, which saw Eubank Jr. attempt to pile on the pressure and take Groves out, could be argued for either fighter.

READ – Groves v Eubank Jr. CompuBox Stats

Two of those sessions, WBN scored for Eubank but which easily could have gone to Groves with a more intimate vantage point.

All in all, a few corrected adjustments to those four rounds in question on the WBN scorecard would have seen Groves come out 117 or 116-113 – instead of Junior.

But saying that, the clash between two of the best of British was a real gutsy affair and was by no means a complete whitewash to the Londoner.

Eubank wasn’t totally out of his depth by any stretch, and a move back down with the right guidance (a new trainer and less distractions) could make all the difference.

Groves was cuter with his own attacks and grappling his opponent when needed, as Eubank wildly attempted to end the fight with one punch and threw all his classy boxing displayed in recent fights out of the window.

Admitting scoring a fight wrong on first viewing is easy to do with the hindsight of a replay and simply outlines how anyone can be caught up in the drama of a battle without having that close quarter access.

Hats off to Groves for once again proving he’s got some much more in his locker though, whilst those aiming unwarranted potshots at Eubank should allow the Brighton man to go back and regroup before digging his career grave at the age of 28.

Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay