Groves’s bloody win
“It was not a night for the squeamish,” said Ron Lewis in The Times. By the end of the fight between George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr, last Saturday, the referee’s shirt was “soaked pink” with blood, while “a bone poked up from Groves’ dislocated shoulder”.Yet Groves still held on to win by a unanimous points decision, retaining his WBA super-middleweight title. More than anything, the bout exposed “Eubank’s absence of tactics”.The 28-year-old lacks a proper trainer, preferring to “concentrate on fitness and leaving the fighting to his instincts”. It was clear that he didn’t have “the know-how” to overcome Groves’ superior range: as the fight progressed, he resorted to “ever more desperate lunges”. It took great bravery for Eubank to last the 12 rounds – but at this level, bravery is “not enough”.