SATURDAY night won’t be the first time I have watched George Groves fight Chris Eubank Jr in a boxing ring.
I watched the pair fight for the first time in 2011, when Eubank Jr had yet to even turn professional, and then watched improved versions of the two go toe-to-toe on many different occasions in 2012 and 2013. I’ve watched Groves and Eubank Jr fight more, in fact, than I’ve watched any other two fighters fight.
By fight, of course, what I actually mean is spar. Yet to watch George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr spar is to realise that not all spars are necessarily spars – which is to say practice – and that some, those special ones, the ones you remember, bear a closer resemblance to a fight. (If not fights, by the truest definition, the rounds produced by Groves and Eubank Jr certainly represent the best spars I have ever witnessed.)