George Groves, 27-3, 20 KO defends his new shiny WBA supermiddleweight belt against usurper IBO champ Chris Eubank Jr, 26-1, 20 KO this Saturday, February 17th @ Manchester Arena (formerly M.E.N Arena), Manchester. As fights go in 2018, this British donnybrook to be one of the biggest due to the British public, against all the odds of the last few years of depravity afflicting boxing, still largely love the sport and flock to the venues.
Both Groves and Eubank are a bit fragile as representatives of the weak top echelons of boxing these days as a dying sport, so in a turnabout for fans who might in other more golden years poohpahed such a limited title bout, fans are expecting to be packing the rafters. I picked Groves in my predictor league due to greater experience at the top and overall maturity. Both have some talents, but both also have limited mental faculties needed for a truly top flight fighter as Eubank Sr was.
So, from the first bell the match will slowly progress into an all action fistic crap shoot that fans can only hope the notoriously bad BBBC officiating doesn’t screw up. At least these guys will mostly put on a decent scrap since both are hungry for some much bigger bouts to come.
Groves vs Eubank Jr
After much ado and hue and cry ’til they blanched blue, Carl Froch and George Groves were brought spitting and sputtering to a press conference by their promoter, Barry Hearn, that officially announced their May 31st rematch at the reknown Wembley Stadium in London . The rival super-middleweights had choice words for one another ahead of the fight that astoundingly sold out the allotted 60,000 tickets within one hour of them going on sale.
To rehash the previous encounter, Groves showed up to fight and surprised Froch with an early knockdown that he quickly recovered from. From then on Froch slowly built up the pressure on Groves before carving him up for the knockout only to have the hapless referee Howard John Foster stop the fight prematurely to a monumental British controversy, a permanent state of being for boxing no matter the geographic location it would appear.
Groves should thank his lucky stars for the controversy that in turn generated what will be the biggest British rematch by the purse and gate numbers in many long moons that has made him front page news. The essence of the first bout still remains a bitter pill for Groves who has accomplished much less in the ring compared to the battle tested Froch. Groves must improve greatly to win, not a given, yet all Froch has to do is be himself again, plenty good enough for their first go round and he might well exceed that performance this time around.
Win, lose, or draw, one thing is certain. Be lots of big money lost on the fighters to be gained by the bookies, and lots of big money won to be paid out by the bookies. Such is the short life span of an all time prize fight, the essence of boxing and the essence of these two bitter rivals in their biggest British moment ever.