2018 Boxing Fights
Groves v Eubank Jr
George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr. will both put their super middleweight belts on the line when they fight in their World Boxing Super Series semi-final bout at the Manchester Arena on Saturday 17 February. Groves is ranked third in the world and second in the UK, and has won 27 of his 30 fights, whilst Eubank Jr. is the world number one and has won 26 of 27 fights. The stats and previous form suggest that Eubank Jr. should win, and the bookmakers agree, but Groves is confident that he will beat his opponent, and has said that Eubank Jr. won’t go twelve rounds.
|George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr||
Joshua v Fury
It is rumoured that Anthony Joshua could take on Tyson Fury next year, and there is enough weight behind that rumour that the bookmakers have already priced up the bout. Joshua is the world number one heavyweight, and is unbeaten, with 20 wins from 20 bouts. Tyson Fury has been away from the ring for some time, but is planning to make a comeback in 2018, and Joshua is one of his main targets. Fury has won 25 fights from 25, and would certainly give Joshua something to think about.
|Joshua v Fury||
De La Hoya v McGregor
Oscar De La Hoya v Conor McGregor is another fight which is currently only in the rumour stage, but which has also been priced up by bookmakers. De La Hoya hasn’t been in the ring since 2008, but in his day he was a real force to be reckoned with, having won ten world titles across six different weight divisions. His record before retiring was 39 wins from 45 bouts, with 30 wins being achieved by KO or TKO. McGregor is a superb MMA fighter, but his boxing record stands at one loss from one fight. Of course, he is arguably a lot more match-fit than De La Hoya, so he would have a greater chance than he did against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
|De La Hoya v McGregor||
De La Hoya
With questions surrounding two of the most anticipated fights of 2018, serious bettors would probably prefer to focus on the February bout between George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr. Groves is doing plenty of talking in the build-up to the fight, but that is par for the course in this sport, and the fight itself will be determined by ability, not volume. Eubank Jr. has proven his ability, and we will therefore side with him to give us an early winner in the second month of next year.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Chris Eubank Jr. to beat George Groves – 8/11 with Ladbrokes
*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run-up to the fight.