Weigh-in alert: George Groves 167 Chris Eubank Jr. 167.5
The pre-fight buildup is over and now we have a fight. WBA super middleweight titleholder George Groves and challenger Chris Eubank Jr. both weighed in inside the 168-pound limit ahead of their eagerly anticipated World Boxing Super Series semi-final which takes place at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England, on Saturday. Eubank, rated No. 4 by THE RING, weighed in officially at 167. 5 pounds and looked to be in excellent fighting shape. In October, the 28-year-old Englishman knocked out Avni Yildirim in three rounds to reach the semi-final stage and he had an ominous message for Groves. “He doesn’t want to be here. I’m going to send him into retirement,” said Eubank, who was all smiles after an intense stare down. “That belt is coming home with me. George doesn’t realize the danger he’s going to be in.” Groves, who is rated No. 2 by THE RING, had his game face on but took the pre-fight pageantry in his stride, after weighing in at 167 pounds. The 29-year-old Londoner reached the semi-final stages by knocking out countryman Jamie Cox with a single body blow in four rounds in October. When asked for his reaction to Eubank Jr. being installed as the betting favorite, Groves’ retort was very direct. “There must be people putting money on Eubank but, sadly, they’re gonna lose it,” said the defending titleholder. “I’m in the prime of my career. I’m fighting better than I ever have.” The winner of tomorrow’s fight will take on either Callum Smith or Juergen Braehmer in the tournament final. They clash in Nuremberg, Germany, on Feb. 24.
Tom Gray is Associate Editor for THE RING. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing
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