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Groves vs Eubank Jr: A British classic in the making


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George Groves takes on Chris Eubank Jr in the World Boxing Super Series semi-final this Saturday night. The fight is one of the most anticipated bouts of the year and will be contested by two the English super-middleweights in a sold-out Manchester Arena.

Ahead of Saturday's huge semi-final, we spoke to a former opponent of Eubank Junior to get the low down on his chances. Nathan DeCastro fought Eubank Jr twice at amateur level and took the semi-finalist to a points decision both times.

Above: undefeated pro, Nathan DeCastro has fought Eubank Jr. in the amateurs. 

"In my opinion, I think this is the biggest all English clash out there, It’s a real 50-50 pick’em fight." Said DeCastro.

"Groves has been about the block and been in with just about everyone, whereas Chris at the world level is the new kid on the block."

"Groves is still only 29 but has had a long hard career with some questions asked over his stamina for the full 12 rounds and whether or not his chin has got it at a world level."

The young fighter added, "Chris is only a year younger but is much fresher out of the two of them and he has had a fairly easy career minus the Saunders fight": referring to Eubank Junior's only career loss so far. That came to middleweight maestro, and world champion, Billy Joe Saunders. 

"He did lose that fight but learnt a lot in it, he has pushed on since, managing to pick up a world title."

So going into this weekend the fight is set to attract a blockbuster crowd due to the skill of both fighters and the tantalising amount of unpredictable action this fight holds, as boxers, coaches and fans alike are all edging to see who can edge it in this 50/50 fight.  

"My prediction is a Eubank win, I would think with a late stoppage wearing Groves down stopping him between rounds 9 and 12." added DeCastro. It's a hard bout to pick though, as the fighter acknowledged: "This is a fight which is hanging in the balance and could go either way." 

"Groves has serious power in each hand making him very dangerous, especially if Chris just rushes in rather than work his way through Groves defence.

"However, these two really hate each other so an early end may be on the cards if the fighters really go for it in the early rounds."


Who is on the undercard?

Norwich's Ryan Walsh defends his British Featherweight title against unbeaten Isaac Lowe.

Promising Zach Parker - who is the reserve for the main event should Eubank Jr or Groves pull out - is also on the bill.

British featherweight title: Ryan Walsh (22-2-1) vs Isaac Lowe (14-0-2)

British middleweight title: Tommy Langford (19-1) vs Jack Arnfield (25-2)

English cruiserweight title: Arfan Iqbal (12-0) vs Simon Vallily (12-1)

Zach Parker (14-0) vs Adasat Rodriguez (16-6-2)

Danny Craven (3-1) vs Luther Clay (6-1)

Who will the winner face in the final?

Callum Smith progressed to the other semi-final with a unanimous decision win over Erik Skoglund.

He will face Germany's Jurgen Brahmer in the semi-final the following week on February 24th with the winner progressing to a final against Groves or Eubank Jr.

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