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Battle-hardened Groves to test Eubank

Battle-hardened Groves to test Eubank

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Chris Eubank Jr will look to finally deliver on the claims of his father that he is the best in the country when he faces off against George Groves in a blockbuster super-middleweight domestic showdown on Saturday.

Ever since he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps by lacing up a pair of gloves we have been told how good the 28-year-old is by his dad.

However, while having an impressive 27-1 record, with 20 wins coming via KO, only once have we seen ‘Next Gen’ step into the ring with a fighter of his calibre.

That was Billy Joe Saunders way back in 2014 and on that night Eubank came up just short as he lost the bout on a split decision.

He has since stepped up to super-middleweight, capturing the IBO version of the world title, while he is currently ranked by Boxrec as the best fighter in the 168lb weight category.

All that looks good on paper but too often since he lost to Saunders, Eubank and his camp have opted to take the easier option.

He turned down the chance to face Gennady Golovkin in 2016 while going for the IBO title, rather than any other versions of the super-middleweight world titles, which was held by unknown Australian Renold Quinland at the time.

There is no easy way out this weekend, though, as he prepares to fight Groves, a man who has never ducked the tough encounters.

Since his two losses to Carl Froch and a tough defeat against Badou Jack, ‘Saint George’ has had to rebuild his career and he finally achieved his goal of capturing a world title in December 2016 when he beat Fedor Chudinov to claim the WBA strap.

That run came amid a six-fight winning streak for Groves who, despite his big-fight experience, starts as the 27/20 underdog for this bout.

Eubank is 10/17 but that price appears a little short, given his lack of experience at this level, while Groves continues to be underestimated despite having proved himself world class.

Eubank has plenty of questions to answer and can he handle the pressure? Will he stand up to Groves’ power should he get caught? Should he take a big hit, will that change his usual approach of constantly letting his fists fly?

With both having impressive KO records, the consensus seems to be the fight will not go 12 rounds and Eubank is available at 8/5 to win via stoppage.

That appears the best bet if you want to back Eubank as he was stopped seven of his last eight opponents.

However, it is tough to back Eubank with any confidence and Groves certainly offers great value in what looks like a 50:50 fight.

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