• Super-middleweights fight in World Boxing Super Series semi-final
• Groves: ‘I’m in the prime of my career, fighting better than ever’
George Groves does not think Chris Eubank Jr is even the best Chris Eubank in his family – and the WBA champion reckons he would have beaten Junior’s eponymous father at his peak as well, a throwaway observation that drew smiles all round in Manchester this week.
It was good knockabout stuff before Groves and Eubank meet to settle more serious disagreements on Saturday night, a bout that could be fight of the year if it lives up to expectations. Every jibe precedes a jab, ramping up the hits on ITV as two of the best champions in boxing compete for a place in the World Boxing Super Series final at 12 stones, probably against Callum Smith, the undefeated Liverpudlian who fights Jürgen Braehmer in the second semi-final in Nuremberg next weekend.