By Daniel Isanzu . Boxing date night , only 3 days AFTER Valentine’s day on Saturday 17th February at the Manchester arena don’t expect a warm embrace a bromance or any pleasantries but get ready to experience a good old-fashioned rumble to decide who will be a finalist in the World Boxing Super Series.
Christopher Livingstone Eubank Jr (26-1) will go up against George Groves (27-3) in what will be ( hopefully) a mouth-watering bout with the WBA/ IBO Super Middleweight title on the line.
Both fighters are skilled to a degree in their discipline having fought and beat a number of challengers, proving that there are worthy contenders having beaten other top fighters in their weight division.
Since losing to Badou Jack by a spilt decision, Groves picked himself up to take the vacant WBA title with an impressive performance against David Brophy stopping him in 4 rounds .
Eubanks Jr has shown tenacity in his defence of the IBO Super Middleweight title against seasoned fighters but this will be his biggest test since Billy Joe Saunders who we all know is a very skilled master of his art.
Although Eubanks Jr has shown character and determination in his fights, I feel that Groves has the more experience when it comes to boxing world class fighters and will go into this fight with the experience and knowledge of how to take apart an opponent with class and ease.
I would like to see both fighters go into this fight with passion and determination and feel that the advantage would go to Groves who has fought at 168 longer than Eubanks. He has faced Froch twice and although he lost both times, he learned a very valuable lesson and produced a shocking right hand that rocked Carl Froch.
Eubanks Jr needs to be at his best if he is to retain his IBO belt and a world class display to be considered a true champion but my gut is telling me that he is going to face a difficult time against George “The Saint” Groves.
Chris Eubank Jr said: “This is the fight for fight fans not to be missed. I’ve had many big fights but this is the biggest in terms of profile and the tournament and the hype.
“But at the end of the day I always rise to the occasion. The bigger the fight the better I perform.
“I’m a man of my word and I can promise George will not see the end of the twelfth round.”
George Groves said: “I think the form, the history, the experience, the ability all lie in my favour and I’m looking forward to a big night in Manchester.