George Groves retained his WBA World title and earned a unanimous points verdict to move into the final of the inaugural super middleweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series.
The judges scored it 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113 all in favour ‘The Saint’.
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Groves was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary hospital moments after his unanimous points win. The 29-year-old was practically fighting with just one arm for the last couple of minutes of the Ali Trophy semi-final at the Manchester Arena.
After attempting to throw a left jab, it became clear that his shoulder had popped out of place.
“The better man won on the night,” said Groves. “Credit to Junior for getting through 12 rounds, I didn’t think he would. Chris didn’t lie when he said he was going to grit it out. That was a terrific fight for the fans.”
A cut above Jr’s right eye in the third round hampered the 28-year-old.
“I couldn’t see out of my right eye for most of the fight but a cut’s a cut and you have to deal with it,” said Eubank Jr.
“George has got the heart of a true champion and did what he had to do. I thought I did enough in the later rounds to win it. But hopefully, we’ll get the rematch on.”
On his injury, Groves had said: “My shoulder feels pretty sore but I wasn’t going to let anything beat me tonight.”
“The left shoulder just popped out in the 12th round,” said Groves. “The medical advice was to go straight to the A&E and have a look.
They gave me a few X-rays and put it back in. I will get a few more scans and see a specialist and I we will look to see what the recovery time is. I have no pain now, I’m sure that is a good sign.”
The Ali Trophy super-middleweight finalist feels confident the injury will not affect his preparations for the final.
“I’m a fast healer. I broke my jaw in May and I was back training soon after. I have fought two times since then. I keep myself in shape, I live a clean life and it all aids to recovery time. The final is fast approaching and that is exciting for me so my body will re-heal fast. I’m in a confident frame of mind,” said Groves with a smile the day after Saturday’s dramatic fight.
“I was levels above Eubank in terms of boxing ability. Junior just felt short.”