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Summary

  1. Groves retains WBA title after unanimous points win
  2. Groves is due to face Callum Smith or Jurgen Brahmer in the World Boxing Super Series final
  3. Get involved: #bbcboxing

Live Reporting

By Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks and goodbye

    And that is the end of this live text. George Groves gets the points win over Chris Eubank Jr.

    Thank you for joining us. Stay across the BBC Sport website for more reaction from both fighters.

    Until next time, bye for now.

  2. Groves beats Eubank Jr to retain title - read the report

    George Groves beats Chris Eubank Jr on points

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport boxing reporter at Manchester Arena

    George Groves produced a superb performance to retain his WBA world super-middleweight title as an enthralling points win over Chris Eubank Jr took him into the World Boxing Super Series final.

    The 29-year-old was patient throughout, preventing his rival from boxing up close by mixing good footwork with solid counter-punches.

    A cut above Eubank Jr's right eye in the third round hampered the 28-year-old, who enjoyed joy of his own in a riveting 12th round, where noise in the Manchester Arena reached a crescendo with both men looking vulnerable.

    But Groves' poise in parts was key and the 117-112 116-112 115-113 scores on the judges' cards means he will meet either Callum Smith or Jurgen Brahmer in the final.

    Groves' camp celebrated wildly on the announcement - their man had upset the bookmakers' odds, despite coming into the bout as a world champion and having only ever lost when contesting world titles in the past.

    He felt aggrieved he did not score a knockdown when Eubank Jr tumbled to the floor in the 10th and also revealed he thinks he dislocated his shoulder in the thrilling final round.

    George Groves
  3. 'Eubank Jr chose power over skills'

    George Groves beats Chris Eubank Jr on points

    Chris Eubank Sr speaking to ITV Box Office: "George boxed. I am stunned. Perfect tactics. He always fainted, he came forward 40% of the time and kept Junior on the back foot.

    "He [Groves] boxed beautifully. We can't take anything away from him. When Junior was able to get inside he was holding him down, spoiling the fight, which is what you're supposed to do.

    "He [Junior] left it far too late. He should have fought like like that from the first round. I hope he will learn from this and I think he will. He just didn't use his boxing skills, his jab.

    "I was telling him to bring the fight to Groves, he wasn't using combinations. The tactics they put together excellent. He was strong. Yesterday [in training] I thought I saw him trembling. He was strong and engaged."

    On what he has said to Eubank Jr since the fight: "[I've told him to] look for a rematch, keep to your boxing skills. He knows his boxing skills and he chose to use power. What now? We go on. We get stronger, better."

  4. Groves in hospital

    Instead of celebrating victory, George Groves has gone straight to the Manchester Royal Infirmary to check out the damage to his shoulder.

    George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr
  5. Get Involved #bbcboxing

    George Groves beats Chris Eubank Jr on points

    Joel Coady: I honestly don't know how people can be surprised with that result. A famous last name can't help when you are in there with quality like Groves.

    Moon Quddus: As someone's dad used to say, "The boxer always beats the puncher".

    Dave Baker: How does a judge score that fight 115-113?? This is why boxing becomes a joke at times

  6. What happens to the tournament now?

    George Groves beats Chris Eubank Jr on points

    So where next for both men? George Groves left the arena with his shoulder strapped up, with a suspected dislocated shoulder.

    He is meant to fight again on 2 June in the final against either Callum Smith or Germany's Jurgen Brahmer, who fight in the second semi-final next week.

    What happens in the tournament if Groves is not fit enough to fight at the O2 Arena in London? Eubank, rather cheekily, asked if he would then advance to the final.

    Will the fight between Smith and Brahmer in effect be a final? Will it be rescheduled? Questions for the organisers.

  7. 'Eubank lost every round apart from the 12th'

    George Groves beats Chris Eubank Jr on points

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  8. 'I couldn't see much'

    George Groves beats Chris Eubank Jr on points

    Some quotes from Chris Eubank Jr said: "I thought it was close, I thought I did enough in the late rounds to win the fight. All credit to George Groves it is all part of boxing. It was a good enough fight to have a rematch.

    "I thought I pressured him the entire fight, I was landing shots, he cut me, I couldn't see much in the majority of the fight. A cut is a cut but I kept going, that is what a warrior does. If he doesn't go through to the final I don't know if that means I go through automatically.

    "Groves has the heart of a true champion and did what he had to do. I was catching him with a lot of shots and he didn't give up, hopefully we can get a rematch. There are other world titles out there I have proved I'm more than capable of fighting at world level and I'm still going after the people that have the titles."

  9. 'The better man won'

    George Groves beats Chris Eubank Jr on points

    George Groves speaking to ITV Box Office said: "I'm very, very happy with the performance. [my shoulder is] very sore, but I wasn't going to let anything beat me tonight.

    "It was about who wanted it most. Of course it was. He had success because I did something wrong."

    On the cut to Eubank Jr's eye: "I'd already hurt him before the cut. He wasn't dabbing [the cut] so I don't think it was obscuring his vision. The better man won, but credit to Junior for getting through the match because I hurt him a lot. He dug it out.

    "It's been a long time since I won in front of a big crowd. Obviously, against Carl Froch I didn't win. It's nice to get that justification. So, away we go. Next."

    George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr
  10. Post update

    George Groves beats Chris Eubank Jr on points

    George Groves is speaking in the ring, and may have dislocated his shoulder in the last round.

  11. Post update

    George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr

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  12. BreakingGeorge Groves retains WBA title

    It is a unanimous points victory for George Groves. The judges scores were 117-112, 116-112 and 115-113, so five, four and two-round margins.

    George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr
  13. Post update

    George Groves has apparently sustained a shoulder injury in the last round. If he has won, he is meant to be fighting in the World Boxing Super Series final and that is scheduled to take place on 2 June so Groves will pray it's nothing serious.

  14. Get Involved

    George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr

    Sho Rahman: Eubank Jr being shown up for the average boxer that he is. Completely out boxed.

    Christopher Heath: George Groves has just upset Chris Eubank Jr. Groves outmaneuvered and outclassed Eubank Jr over 12 rounds.

    Nigel Wright: An absolute masterclass from George Groves.

    George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr
  15. Post update

    Round 12: George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr

    We go to the scorecards. If you like the aggressor, Eubank may have your vote. Just maybe. It seems that Groves used his boxing skill, his knowledge to pick him off at range and avoid some crazy, wild swinging.

    The judges will decide.

  16. Post update

    Round 12: George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr

    Eubank has absolutely been giving it his all in an attempt to do something, but Groves has looked too smart. Groves gets hit with a right hook. One swings, the other swings. Eubank lands a left, then a right uppercut, both bodies covered in blood. Brutal, bloody, intense.

    George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr
  17. Post update

    Round 12: George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr

    A wild left diving in. Again no joy from Eubank, who is hoping to win the lottery here.

  18. Post update

    Round 12: George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr

    A wild left, a wild right. Both from Eubank. Both miss.

  19. Post update

    Round 12: George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr

    One round left. Groves seems well ahead on the scorecards. It is now or never for Eubank. Remember, one punch can change everything. It started slowly, but it has been great entertainment, if a bit wild west.

  20. Eubank flagging but still firing

    Mike Costello

    BBC Sport boxing correspondent at the Copper Box Arena

    Anything can happen now. When you think Eubank is flagging he still fires back. Groves had a big round in the 10th though for sure.

    George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr