Feature | Feb 12 2018

George Groves on how the lessons of his Carl Froch super-fights will ensure he defeats Chris Eubank Jr

This Saturday George Groves returns to the Manchester Arena, where his saga with Froch began. A veteran now, against Eubank Jr, Groves believes he is holding all the cards, writes John Dennen
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George Groves vs Jamie Cox - WBA World Super-Middleweight Title & World Boxing Super Series Quarter Final  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

THIS week George Groves, the WBA super-middleweight champion, returns to the Manchester Arena, for the first time since his thrilling 2013 clash with Carl Froch. That was the first occasion Groves challenged Froch. Then he was a hefty underdog but Groves shot out of the traps in the opening round and in a stunning moment dropped iron-chinned Froch. Famously Froch recovered and came on strong in the later rounds only to see the referee pull out Groves and fuel a controversy that ultimately led to their monumental rematch at Wembley stadium.

“Really [trainer Paddy] Fitzpatrick and me got the tactics wrong. I had him up against the ropes in the first fight, I should have jumped straight on him and gone straight from there. I got it wrong. It happens, whatever. I’m in a good place now. It doesn’t keep me up at night. I’ve achieved my dream and now I’m just trying to capitalise on that,” Groves noted.

In fact, yet again, he has another super-fight on his hands. On Saturday (February 17) Groves fights Chris Eubank Junior at the Manchester Arena, defending his world title and fighting for a place in the final of the World Boxing Super Series.