icon Updated at 04:45 AM EST, Fri Jan 26, 2018

Billy Joe Saunders: Eubank Will Defeat Groves - But Not Me

Only a few weeks remain before the semi-final bout in the super middleweight edition of the World Boxing Super Series between WBA Super World Champion George Groves (27-3, 20 KOs) and IBO world champion Chris Eubank Jr.

The all-British clash will take place at the Manchester Arena on February 17.

In the first round of the tournament, Eubank went to Stuttgart in Germany on October 7 and crushed Avni Yildirim inside three rounds. And Groves excited in London on October 14 when he stopped countryman Jamie Cox at the SSE Arena with a fourth round knockout via body shot.


WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders is the only man to defeat Eubank - and he's picking his former opponent to defeat Groves.

“I think that Eubank will beat George Groves. If he does what I think he will against Groves people will be talking. I think there is a 75 percent chance that Eubank wins,” Saunders said to Boxing News.

Saunders believes Groves' chin is just not good enough to overcome the obstacles in the fight.

“Eubank is a very, very good fighter but when a very, very good boxer with a good chin meets someone like him … it’s game over," Saunders said.

Saunders, who returns on April 14th against Martin Murray at the O2 Arena in London, is very confident that he would beat Eubank in a rematch.

He defeated Eubank in the fall of 2014. Since that loss, Eubank has won eight fights in a row and seven out of eight wins have come by knockout.

“When two fighters are in the ring, you know each other and I know Eubank better than anybody,” Saunders said. “He knows that I have the knack to beat him no matter how many times we meet," Saunders said.

“Mentally he knows that I have his number. I gave Eubank his chance to rematch three times, three times I signed a contract and sent it to him and three times he never sent it back."