George Groves vs Chris Eubank Jr Betting Tips, Preview and Predictions
February 12, 2018
Britons George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr battle for World Boxing Super Series final spot
George Groves (27-3, 20 KOs) and Chris Eubank Jr (26-1, 20 KOs) collide this weekend in an all-British super-middleweight battle for a place in the World Boxing Super Series final.
At the Manchester Arena, Groves puts his 168lbs WBA ‘Super’ strap on the line against latest challenger Eubank Jr in an intriguing semi-final match-up.
In a truly fascinating encounter, there is a huge contrast in opinions on which way this supposed ’50-50 fight’ will go in Manchester.
But it’s the slightly younger Hove native Eubank Jr that will take to the ring, in typically dramatic fashion no doubt, as the odds-on 4/6 favourite with Betfair to prevail and book his place in the WBSS final.
The more experienced fighter and reigning world champion Groves is actually regarded as a promising 11/8 outsider with Ladbrokes to come out on top and edge closer to the Muhammad Ali Trophy.
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Eubank Jr seeking successful semi-final showing in Manchester
There were still questions over Eubank Jr’s ability at super-middleweight ahead of his clash with Avni Yildirim, having previously dispatched a clearly aged, yet still tough, Arthur Abraham.
But the 28-year-old halted the Turkish fighter in vicious fashion on his travels to Germany inside three rounds, setting up this mouth-watering semi-final against Groves.
The former British middleweight and current IBO super-middleweight titlist has stopped seven of his last eight opponents since losing to present 160lbs world champion Billy Joe Saunders back in 2014.
He is 7/4 with Betfair to secure another knockout success this weekend in his biggest outing to date, a scenario he is confident will play out in front of the Manchester crowd.
“I believe I have every advantage possible over George Groves coming into this fight, mentally, physically, spiritually, every aspect of boxing I believe I can outperform him,” stated Eubank Jr.
“It’s not a 50-50 fight but I’m happy that a lot of the general public believe that it is a 50-50 fight because it makes the occasion much more exciting.
“I like the fact that people genuinely believe that I can’t win, because when I do do it, and I stop this guy and take his belt and bring it back to Brighton, it makes the achievement all the more amazing.”
The highly confident challenger perhaps possesses a better engine than Groves, which could be a key element of this bout, especially with a draw possibly being settled by final round scores.
A less travelled Eubank Jr is 11/4 with Betfair to rally to a points victory and subsequently achieve his best career win to date.
Groves confident of setting up final tournament outing
If Eubank Jr brings the fresher legs and more reliable gas tank to this clash, Groves certainly has the edge in vast experience of contesting better former opponents and on more high-profile occasions.
The Londoner won a world title at the fourth time of asking against Fedor Chudinov last year in Sheffield, having previously lost to Carl Froch twice and Badou Jack.
The 29-year-old has also been in with and beaten James DeGale and Martin Murray, while most recently he halted Jamie Cox with a brilliantly timed body shot in his respective quarter-final appearance.
Groves is therefore a very promising 11/2 outsider to side with for a decision triumph with Ladbrokes, if he can withstand the relentless pressure of Eubank Jr, particularly if this bout goes into the Championship rounds in Manchester.
“I think the form, the history, the experience, the ability all lie in my favour and I’m looking forward to a big night in Manchester,” outlined Groves, who is also 11/4 for a KO win with Paddy Power.
“It’s a semi-final in a tournament I expect to win so Eubank Jr is just a stepping stone, another step for me on the way to the Muhammad Ali Trophy.”
Meanwhile, with this being viewed as such a closely contested British match-up, a draw can be backed at a best-priced 25/1 with Betfred. All stalemates will be counted officially on the fighter’s records, but a fourth judge will then decide the outcome and possibly a final-round count.
After the recent barnstormers in the cruiserweight tournament, this weekend’s super-middleweight match-up should provide even more drama and thrills between two Brits in Manchester.