The fight took place over rounds in the Super Middleweight division, which meant the weight limit was pounds 12 stone or This was a semi final of the World Boxing Super Series. This contest was for the WBA super middleweight championship of the world. Groves had a height advantage of 1 inch over Eubank Jr. Despite this, both fighters had equal reach.
George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr trade verbal blows before showdown
Christopher Livingstone Eubank Jr. He has held the WBA interim middleweight title since and previously held the same title in He also held the IBO super-middleweight title twice between and , and at regional level the British middleweight title in As of May , he is ranked as the world's fourth best active middleweight by BoxRec  and eighth by The Ring magazine. At the age of 16, Eubank and his brother Sebastian moved to the United States to live with a guardian named Irene Hutton. It was explained by their mother Karron as done to enable them to gain dual citizenship without the need to marry, and to enhance their prospects of sporting careers. Eubank began his amateur career in Eubank was 1—1 in the National Golden Gloves. Eubank turned professional in and signed with promoter Mick Hennessy. Over the next three years, Eubank amassed a record of 18—0 with 13 knockouts to his name.
George Groves beats Chris Eubank Jr: World Boxing Super Series - as it happened
Boxing News. George Groves has recovered from major career setbacks - can Chris Eubank Jr? The tournament's No 1 seed showed his size, experience and skill, controlling the pace from the start and dealing with almost everything Eubank Jr threw at him, even in a frenetic finish that saw Groves dislocate his shoulder. I dropped him at least once but it didn't count, which was dubious.
For Groves, this is just another big bout in a career that has included a win over James DeGale in , a mega-fight with Carl Froch at Wembley in and two world title challenges before he won his belt against Fedor Chudinov last May. The year-old is comfortably the bigger man, the better boxer, and has the power in his right hand to end this fight inside the distance. The American lost his WBC welterweight belt — and his fight unbeaten record — in a split-decision defeat to Keith Thurman last March, and has chosen a tricky next opponent in former WBA lightweight champion Rios. The year-old has a professional record of , losing only to former world champions Mike Alvarado, Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley. Rios has only fought once since then, and his inactivity has to be a concern against Garcia, an elite fighter in his prime who has beaten Amir Khan, Erik Morales, Lamont Peterson and Paulie Malignaggi.