George Groves vs. Chris Eubank Jr. Boxing Preview, Pick, Odds, Prediction - 2/17/18
Eubank vs. Groves
Boxing: Saturday February 17, 2018 (Manchester Arena)
The Line: Groves +110 / Eubank -150 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr. fight Saturday at Manchester Arena for the WBA Super World Super Middleweight Title.
George Groves enters this fight with a 27-3 record that includes 20 knockouts. Groves has won his last six fights, and he’s coming off a October win over Jamie Cox. Groves hasn’t lost since his 2015 bout with Badou Jack and will defend his belt for the second time. Groves is 29 years old, stands at 5’11”, has a 72 inch reach and an orthodox stance. Groves is a brawler in the ring who likes to throw combinations and throws punches with a purpose. Groves has stopped seven of his last 10 opponents and has knockout potential in both hands. Groves has good movement for a guy his size and could take less of a beating if he wanted to, but he always thinks he has the upper-hand if its going to be a battle of trading punches. Five of Groves last seven victories have ended in knockout, and his two fights in 2017 lasted a combined 10 rounds. Groves has fought majority of his career in the UK, his birthplace.
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Chris Eubank Jr. enters this fight with a 26-1 record that includes 20 knockouts. Eubank has won his last eight fights, and he’s coming off a October win over Avni Yildirim. Eubank hasn’t lost since his 2014 bout with Billy Joe Saunders and will defend his IBO super-middleweight title for the third time. Eubank is 28 years old who stands at 5’11” with a 72 inch reach and has an orthodox stance. Eubank has always had the athleticism, the quick hands and the explosiveness to his punches, but he's displaying more recent punching power, as he's stopped six of his last seven opponents by the 10th round or earlier. Eubank is starting to put all of the pieces together as he gains experience against quality opponents, and he's been quietly making a case as the best super middleweight in the world. Eubank has fought majority of his career in the UK, his birthplace.
This is going to be a hell of a bout to kind of kick off the new year in boxing. There’s a reason why the tickets sold out so fast. You could make a case for either one of these guys, and I think it’s fair to say Groves is the better boxer overall. However, I’m siding with Eubank because of his stamina. Eubank does a great job of pacing himself and keeping something in the tank for the later rounds where he becomes the aggressor and finishes his opponent. That’s a bad matchup for somebody like Groves, who can be a bit wild and gets too caught up in a brawl type bout where he can tire himself out at times. Eubank would also have the advantage boxing on the upside due to his uppercuts that have done so much damage against other quality opponents.
Fun fight for all fighting fans, but I have Eubank winning this bout.