George Groves vs. Chris Eubank Jr.: Fight Time, Date, Live Stream and TV Info

George Groves vs. Chris Eubank Jr.: Fight Time, Date, Live Stream and TV Info

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Two excellent British boxers will take to the ring on Saturday night in the first semifinal matchup of the World Boxing Super Series super middleweight division. 

George Groves (27-3, 20 KOs) will battle Chris Eubank Jr. (26-1, 20 KOs) at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.

Groves carries the WBA Super world super middleweight title into the bout, while Eubank has his own IBO world super middleweight belt to defend. Bragging rights, prize money and a spot in the World Boxing Super Series final are also on the line.

Both boxers feature knockout power and are unafraid of going after their opponents. They should combine to make for an exciting feature. 

The winner of this bout will face either 39-year-old Juergen Braehmer or the undefeated Callum Smith in the WBSS tournament final. Braehmer and Smith will duke it out on February 24 in Nuremberg, Germany. 

Here’s the necessary viewing info for the fight.

              

Groves vs. Eubank Jr. Fight Info

When: Saturday, Feb. 17 

Where: Manchester Arena, Manchester, England

TV: ITV Box Office (pay-per-view, UK only)

Live Stream: TVPlayer.com (pay-per-view, UK only)

Tickets: StubHub

                 

In addition to the above listings, Bloody Elbow’s Mookie Alexander reports eager viewers in the United States will have their own chance to catch the action (and it’s free): 

"ITV Box Office will broadcast Groves vs. Eubank on PPV, but for viewers in the United States, this fight will be streamed live on the World Boxing Super Series Facebook and YouTube pages, so that’s fantastic news in lieu of an actual TV deal."

That’s good news for boxing fans as well as the promoters, as it could generate broader interest in the tournament and bring more eyeballs to the final. 

Groves, the top seed in the eight-man tournament, booked his spot in the semifinal with a fourth-round knockout of Jamie Cox in October.

Groves, 29, has won his last six bouts, with his last loss coming via a close split-decision bout against Badou Jack in 2015. Ring magazine ranks him the No. 2 super middleweight behind Gilberto Ramirez. 

Eubank is a winner in his last eight, and he too looked fearsome in the quarterfinal, knocking out Avni Yildirim in the third round.

Despite being two spots lower than Groves in the Ring rankings and relatively new to the super middleweight ranks (he has mostly fought at middleweight), Eubank is a slight favorite in this contest. According to OddsShark.com, he is -190 (bet $190 to win $100), while Groves is at plus-155.

Eubank is challenging Groves’ record, chin and desire in the buildup to the match.

"He knows how to lose, he has been definitively beaten. His chin has an off button, mine doesn’t. George will take the loss in his stride, maybe a retirement afterwards," said the 28-year-old, per BBC Sport’s Luke Reddy

Eubank is presumably referring to Groves’ back-to-back knockout losses to Carl Froch, not the result against Jack. 

Eubank has his own loss, a split-decision to Billy Joe Saunders in a middleweight title bout in 2014, but that clearly doesn’t fall under his category of "definitively." 

While Eubank is looking to beat Groves out of the way as he rises up the super-middleweight ranks, the Evening Standard‘s Tom Dutton noted the latter is more than capable of handling his own:

"George Groves is bigger, older and a lot more experienced than Chris Eubank Jr. He will be the ‘thinker,’ in the fight, patiently searching for the opportunities which will allow him to make that experience and his well-honed craft count for more than Eubank‘s energy and speed."

 

This fiery matchup will be a big one for British boxing fans. Eubank oozes with talent and still has a few good years left ahead of him, while Groves is eminently capable of holding his own in a 12-rounder or in a fierce chase for a knockout blow. 

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February 15, 2018 at 05:04AM

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