Groves’s bloody win

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“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”.

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