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George Groves claims unanimous points victory over Chris Eubank Jr

On the attack George Groves right takes the fight to Chris Eubank Jr On the attack George Groves right takes the fight to Chris Eubank JrMARK ROBINSON
Frederick Owens | 18 February, 2018, 04:44

WBA Super Middlewight Champion George Groves retained his belt this evening with a unanimous points decision win against Chris Eubank Jr.

The three judges scored the contest 117-112 116-112 and 115-13 all in favour of the Londoner who left the ring with his arm in a sling having picked up a nasty looking shoulder injury in the final round.

Groves will now tackle either Callum Smith or Juergen Braehmer in the final for the inaugural Muhammad Ali Trophy in June.

It's hard to say for sure when Groves and Eubank Jr will enter the ring, but as a rough guidance, it's unlikely to be before 10pm, so there's plenty of time to sink a few Saturday night beers in the build-up.

Groves said after the fight: 'I haven't diagnosed it yet but it feels pretty sore but I wasn't going to let anything beat me tonight.

"This is a part of boxing".

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Groves was frustrated that Eubank Jr falling to his knees was not counted as a knockdown but at the point it just appeared a matter of time. I think his weakness is his stamina issues whereas Eubank's strength is his stamina.

"He didn't bring pressure because I was hurting him".

While Eubank Jr struggled to get close to Groves' body to do damage, Groves was able to keep his opponent at bay with a relentless and effective jab.

He's been busy preparing for his big fight at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night, but Chris Eubank Junior took time out from his rigorous training schedule to catch up with some of the Manchester United players this week. "I entered this tournament to win it".

The world champion did actually look in trouble in the last round with the left hook catching him again and even though he seemed to lose his balance, the shoulder problem might have had more of an impact than Eubank Jr. "It's nice to get that justification".

"I thought I did enough in the later rounds to win", Eubank Jr told ITV Box Office. I've boxed on with cuts, broken jaws, everything. It was a good enough fight to have a rematch. If he doesn't go through to the final I don't know if that means i go through automatically. Here, I wasn't going to let any injury get me out. "There are other world titles out there I have proved I'm more than capable of fighting at world level and I'm still going after the people that have the titles".

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