How a perfect gameplan enabled George Groves to nullify Chris Eubank Jr
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.
Groves fully deserves the plaudits after the encounter was put through a second viewing on Sunday morning.
Tying up Eubank Jr. and making his windmill swings look amateurish at times, Groves used all his boxing know-how and superior strength to get the job done.
Obviously, with many people, some of those with a dislike for Junior, taking the opportunity to claim Eubank Jr. was schooled by Groves – this 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.
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. A move back down with the right guidance (a new trainer and fewer distractions) could make all the difference.
George 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 displays in recent conflicts out of the window.
Hats off to Groves for once again proving he’s got some much more in his locker, though.
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