Hellraiser Boxing News | Groves vs Eubank Press Conference Held As Tickets Sell Out
As the tickets for Manchester Arena sell out in seven minutes for the Groves vs Eubank fight, the men talk at the press conference in London.
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The World Boxing Super Series super middleweight semi final between George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr has sold out in just seven minutes. Scheduled for Saturday February 17th 2018 at Manchester Arena, the winner of the contest will not only go on to fight for the inaugural Ali Trophy, but also take with them to that final the two “world” titles available in the semi. Groves, 27-3 (20), brings his WBA World Super belt to the fight and Eubank Jr, 26-1 (20), holds the less highly thought of IBO title.
At the press conference this afternoon, held at London's Savoy Hotel, both men were- unsurprisingly- bullish about their chances of success. Groves referenced his experience in the big fights as being favourable to his chances, “I hope the fight justifies it. On paper this is billed as a 50-50 fight with Eubank Jr. maybe even being made the favourite. But I don’t really understand that.
“I think the form, the history, the experience, the ability all lie in my favour and I’m looking forward to a big night. It’s a semifinal in a tournament I expect to win so it’s a stepping stone, another step on the way for me.”
After two huge domestic grudge matches with Carl Froch, both of which had success in before being knocked out by the granite chinned Froch, Groves does have a point about his level of experience. He's also fought away for a world title, although that one he lost to Badou Jack. Perhaps because of these losses at the top level (Groves has also stopped Fedor Chudinov and Jamie Cox to win and defend his belt most recently) Eubank sees faults he can exploit,
“He doesn’t have the speed, his defence is poor and his stamina is average at best. The fact that he’s lacking in those things means he won’t be able to compete with me. I’m not a stepping stone. I’m Mount Everest and you’re not going to climb me.”
Both men are known for their stubbornness and refusal to back down, which may explain why the public are so desperate to see them settle their rivalry in the ring. Set to be broadcast on ITV pay per view, if the ticket sales are anything to go by, it should do good business, and if the boxer's attitudes are anything to go by, it should be a cracking dust up between two of the UK's most well known fighters.
Posted: 28th Nov 2017
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