WBA (Super) super-middleweight George Groves defeated Chris Eubank Jr to capture the IBO super-middleweight title and advance to the World Boxing Super Series finals on Saturday at the Manchester Arena, Manchester. Groves will now face the winner of the World Boxing Super Series semi-final bout between Callum Smith vs. Juergen Braehmer on Saturday 24th February.
The boxing world was quick to respond to the George Groves vs. Chris Eubank Jr result on social media. WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders was one of the first to take aim at Eubank’s loss. The fighters have been locked in a bitter rivalry since Billy Joe Saunders handed Eubank Jr his first professional loss in 2014. Former IBF super-middleweight champion James DeGale also sent shots at Team Eubank. The pair has gone back and forth on social media since Chris Eubank claimed his son got the better of DeGale in sparring sessions.
Billy Joe Saunders reacts to George Groves vs. Chris Eubank Jr
Eubanks would never beat me as long as my hart beats ✊🏿👈🏼💨
— billyjoesaunders (@bjsaunders_) February 17, 2018
Billy Joe Saunders responds to Chris Eubank Jr post-fight Tweet
I need a man to clean my ball strap a job for you pal 👍🏽🙊
— billyjoesaunders (@bjsaunders_) February 18, 2018
James DeGale reacts to George Groves vs. Chris Eubank Jr
You are the biggest hype job Iv never known… you and your father going around telling people you are a killer! 😂😂😂 YOU should be very embarrassed… now go crawl back under your rock 😂😂😂@ChrisEubankJr @ChrisEubank
— James DeGale (@jamesdegale1) February 18, 2018
Nigel Benn reacts to George Groves vs. Chris Eubank Jr
Martin Murray reacts to George Groves vs. Chris Eubank Jr
Easy nights work for Groves last night imo. Completely outboxed Eubank and he was on a different level. Jab on point from Groves like always and power that made Eubank think about taking chances,which i know from personal experience. Fitness and chin was there from Eubank but no plan B and was just swinging wild, smothering his work and it was too little too late. Disappointed after all the hype but predicted the outcome. Eubank will come again but for now #HypeTrainOver #BackToTheDrawingBoard