George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr. Betting Preview

Boxing
Updated Wednesday 18th April 2018, 03:16 PM


George Groves faces Chris Eubank Jr. this Saturday in the inaugural World Boxing Super Series semi-final at a sold-out 20,000 capacity Manchester Arena. Two of the world’s best fighters in the super-middleweight division are putting their belts on the line in what has turned into a personal grudge match. Will someone secure a knockout blow in the early rounds to reach the final, or will the fate of this intriguing bout be decided by the judges after 12 rounds? Sports.net has previewed all the action below, in what is being billed by some as the Fight of the Year…

How the Bookies See It:

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Winner
George Groves
13/8
Chris Eubank Jr
8/15
Draw
20/1
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Will Fight Go The Distance?
Yes
11/10
No
5/4
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Either Fighter To Be Knocked Down
Yes
4/7
No
5/4
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Form

  • 29-year-old WBA title holder Groves has lost three of 30 bouts in his eventful ten-year career, all world title fights on the biggest of stages. Despite coming out on the losing side twice against Carl Froch and once to Badou Jack, the Londoner’s career seems to have taken an upturn in fortune since switching trainers to Shane McGuigan. He fought twice last year, securing KO and TKO victories against Jamie Cox and Fedor Chudinov respectively, and will be desperate to get the job done in Manchester.
  • Eubank, the IBO belt holder, has one loss on his record in 27 fights, a crushing points loss to hard-hitting WBO World middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders in 2015. Most recently, the outspoken and brash 28-year-old orthodox fighter secured TKO, UD and KO victories over Renold Quinlan, Arthur Abraham and Avni Yildirim last year, and believes his time has come to take that step-up against a world title fighter.

Sports.net’s View

Groves has spoken in the media this week about how he expects to dominate the fight, knocking his domestic rival out within eight rounds. The Hammersmith-born bruiser is clearly confident that his pre-fight camp has gone well enough to ensure victory over the son of legendary Chris Eubank Sr, and is 13/2 with William Hill to secure victory by unanimous decision. Elsewhere, Ladbrokes have priced the fight at 10/3 to end in rounds nine to 12, and the longer the fight goes on, Groves should grow in confidence.

Eubank is similarly confident of getting the job done against Groves, stating his self-belief in walking away winner within the 12 rounds. He’s 7/4 with Coral to secure victory by KO, TKO or Disqualification, and 7/1 with BetVictor in the Round 7-9 Round Group Betting. Not only will the WBA and IBO titles be on the line inside the ropes on Saturday evening, but the winner will also reach the World Super Series final, giving them the chance to receive prize money and the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

Given Groves’ past experiences on the biggest stages against Froch and Jack, it could be The Saint who just edges the bout to reach the World Boxing Super Series final against Callum Smith or Jurgen Brahmer in May.

Sports.net’s Top Tip

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Winner
George Groves by Decision or Technical Decision
5/1
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*Please note, odds may fluctuate.


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