George Groves vs Chris Eubank Jr World Boxing Super Series super middleweight semi final official on-site £200 full ticket, 17th January 2018, Manchester Arena (formerly M.E.N Arena), Manchester.
Groves W unanimous decision
George Groves beat Chris Eubank Jr on points to book a spot in the World Boxing Super Series super-middleweight final and retain his WBA 'Super' World title.
'The Saint' dominated the first half in front of a packed Manchester Arena and held on through an expected late onslaught to take the unanimous decision, with the judges scoring 117-112, 116-112, 115-113 in his favour.
Groves will now face either Callum Smith or Juergen Braehmer in the final for the inaugural Muhammad Ali Trophy in June.
The tournament's No 1 seed showed his size, experience and skill, controlling the pace from the start and dealing with almost everything Eubank Jr threw at him, even in a frenetic finish that saw Groves dislocate his shoulder.
"He didn't lie when he said he would grit it out," Groves told ITV Box Office.
"He didn't bring pressure because I was hurting him. I dropped him at least once but it didn't count, which was dubious."
There seemed little threat to Groves when they finally met in the ring, his jab enabling him to own the early rounds, aided by a cautious start from the Brighton fighter.
It took Eubank Jr most of the second round to come out of his shell and start to close the gap but he saw his big shots whistle past as Groves seemed unfazed and largely untouched.
The third brought them both together at last, and a decent left hook to the body was Eubank Jr's best shot. It saw him press Groves onto the ropes, ducking down and shunting forward. It was the challenger who suffered though, an accidental head clash opening a sizeable cut on the outside of his right eye.
It didn't stop his enthusiasm but Eubank Jr's accuracy continued to suffer, and 'The Saint' responded with wide, left and right hooks both hitting the target.
Groves then showed his strength by flipping Eubank Jr almost through the ropes in the sixth, the ugly, inside exchanges were not concerning him, even in the gripping eighth round when they both landed trademark shots.
Eubank Jr's left hook started it off and seemed to have the World champion off balance, but still able to fire in a jarring right that would have caused plenty of other super-middleweights serious problems.
The intensity increased in the ninth, Groves often against the ropes but Eubank Jr's shots became wilder, and everyone, including him, knew he was going to need something special to live up to his own predictions as it went into the championship rounds.
His left hook at the start of the 10th was perhaps the one big shot that seemed to wobble Groves but again, he returned the favour. A curt, clinical counter hook seemed to put Eubank Jr down, only for referee Michael Alexander ruling out a knockdown.
By that stage, both fighters were starting to tire but Groves dismissed any notion that he would struggle to go the full distance and was comfortably absorbing and countering more rough tactics, as Eubank Jr become desperate.
The World champion did actually look in trouble in the last round with the left hook catching him again and even though he seemed to lose his balance, the shoulder problem might have had more of an impact than Eubank Jr.
"I thought I did enough in the later rounds to win," Eubank Jr told ITV Box Office.
"I thought I pressured him the entire fight. I didn't get hit clean. He cut me, and I couldn't see. Did I underestimate him? Maybe."
***Unusually there were no programmes or posters issued for sale thus making the ticket a rare on-site commodity/souvenir from the event***
Condition excellent (light/slight vertical crease)
George Groves (born 26 March 1988) He is a former British, Commonwealth and European super middleweight champion, as well as a three-time World title challenger. As an amateur, he is a two-time former English middleweight champion.
Groves generally fought in the 75 kilograms (165 lb) division as an amateur and won the Senior ABA championship for his weight in 2006 and 2007. He also fought in championships around the World and won medals in places such as Russia, Estonia, Bosnia, Morocco and the United States. In 2006, he defeated future Olympic champion James DeGale and compiled a total amateur record of 66 wins out of 76 fights with 40 stoppage victories.
Groves turned professional on 15 November 2008 and joined the Hayemaker Promotions stable. His first fight as a professional took place in November 2008 at The O2 Arena, on the undercard of David Haye's win over Monte Barrett with a six round win over Kirill Pshonko. His next outing in February 2009, saw him score a third round stoppage over Romaric Hignard in a fight at the York Hall in Bethnal Green. He followed the victory up in March defeating Paul Samuels at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, and in April travelled to Belfast to dispose of Sandor Polgar.
In September 2009, following the collapse of Hayemaker's television deal with Setanta Sports, Groves along with Olympic bronze medallist David Price signed a promotional deal with veteran boxing promoter Frank Maloney who described Groves as "one of the World's best prospects". Despite signing for Maloney however, Groves would continue to be managed and trained by Hayemaker's Adam Booth. On 7 November 2009, following two more professional outings, Groves travelled to Germany and fought on the undercard of stablemate David Haye's WBA title win against Nikolai Valuev, defeating experienced the Konstantin Makhankov in his first fight over eight rounds.
British And Commonwealth Champion
Groves' first title opportunity came on 3 April 2010, as part of the undercard of David Haye's first title defence against John Ruiz at the MEN Arena in Manchester. Groves, in only his ninth fight, defeated Charles Adamu via TKO to win the Commonwealth super middleweight title. Groves had dominated the fight, knocking Adamu down once in the first and twice in the fourth before the referee stepped in with nine seconds remaining in the sixth. Groves followed up the win by travelling to Las Vegas in order to gain some higher-profile experience and to fight on the undercard of Juan Manuel Marquez vs Juan Diaz II on 31 July 2010. Groves' opponent, Alfredo Contreras, had a record of eleven wins and seven losses going into the fight, but nonetheless represented a higher level of international journeyman than those Groves had already beaten. The fight was stopped in the sixth round after the referee decided that Contreras was not sufficiently answering back with punches.
On 13 November 2010, Groves made the first defence of his title beating former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Kenny Anderson in the sixth round. The fight, on the undercard of David Haye's World title clash with Audley Harrison at the MEN Arena, resulted in a career first knockdown for Groves as he endured his toughest fight to date. On 5 March 2011, Groves defeated Daniel Adotey Allotey at the Huddersfield Leisure Centre, winning by stoppage in the fourth round of what was an eight-round non-title fight. Following the bout Groves said that the fight had been preparation for a potential future clash with British champion and old foe James DeGale, a fight he predicted that he would win. He said "Whether it comes by knockout or points, I don't really care. He knows that I've got his number and he's going to struggle to sleep in the preparation for this fight because he is going to have to be on his brain all the time." On 21 May 2011 at the O2 Arena in London, Groves and DeGale met in a highly anticipated grudge match for the Commonwealth and British super middleweight titles. Groves was declared the winner by majority decision after twelve closely fought rounds. Two judges scored the fight 115–114 in favour of Groves, with another scoring the fight even at 115–115.
A rematch between DeGale and Groves became a possibility when Frank Warren, DeGale's promoter, announced that he had signed Groves to his stable on a three-year deal. Warren said, "It is an obvious fight that will definitely happen again", adding "The last fight was very close and a few observers felt that it could have gone either way". Despite leaving the Hayemaker promotional stable, Groves' manager and trainer Adam Booth announced that the decision to join Frank Warren was in the best interests of Groves' career. In his first fight with Warren on 5 November 2011, Groves beat former British champion Paul Smith in two rounds at the Wembley Arena in London to retain his British and Commonwealth titles.
Froch vs Groves
In mid-2013 the IBF installed Groves as the mandatory challenger to titleholder Carl Froch, with a bout between them taking place on 23 November 2013 at the Phones4u Arena in Manchester; both Froch's IBF and WBA super middleweight titles were on the line. On 17 September, it was announced that Groves had parted ways with trainer Adam Booth. In the fight, Froch stopped Groves in the ninth round amidst controversial circumstances. Groves was ahead on all three judges' scorecards, having dropped the champion in the first round with a hard counter right hand. Many observers at ringside, including fellow boxers David Haye and Amir Khan, remarked that referee Howard Foster had stepped in too quickly during an exchange in which both fighters landed heavy punches. Given the controversial nature of the stoppage, there were immediate calls for a rematch.
Froch vs Groves II
A rematch between Groves and Froch took place on 31 May 2014 at Wembley Stadium. Froch was quoted that the fight is what the "British public want to see" and that was his reason for taking the option to give Groves a rematch. As in the first fight, Froch's IBF and WBA super middleweight titles were on the line. Prior to the fight, Groves signed with German promoters Sauerland, on what has been described as "a long-term deal". Froch knocked out Groves in the eighth round, retaining his IBF and WBA super middleweight titles.
Groves vs Jack
On June 17, 2015 it was announced that Badou Jack would make his first defence against mandatory challenger Groves on August 22 in Las Vegas. A venue hadn't been confirmed. This fight was Groves' third World title challenge, having lost back to back challenges against then World champion Carl Froch in 2013 and 2014 respectively. On July 21, the fight was pushed back to instead take place on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs Andre Berto on September 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. There was no injuries as Showtime gave no reason as to why the fight was postponed. Jack was once again the underdog. It was Groves' third fight in the US, as well as his third chance at a World title. Going into the fight, old foe James DeGale had voiced his support for Groves, as he himself had become IBF champion four months prior, and was looking forward to a potential rematch with World titles at stake. In the opening round, Jack scored a knockdown against Groves, but the latter was able to recover and rally back in what would become a competitive fight. At the end, the scorecards were split with 115–112 and 116–111 for Jack, and 114–113 for Groves. Groves felt as though he did enough to win and said, "Losing a World title fight is the worst feeling in the World." In October 2016, Jack admitted that Groves was the toughest opponent he had faced in his career so far.
Following his third failed attempt at claiming a World title, Groves had to start over. He hired Shane McGuigan as his new trainer. On 30 January 2016 Groves fought at the Copper Box in London against fringe Italian contender Andrea Di Luisa (18-3, 14 KOs). Di Luisa was down and given a count in the 4th round and down again twice in the 5th round before the towel is thrown in from his corner resulting in a TKO victory for Groves.
Groves returned to the O2 Arena for the first time since 2013, on the undercard of Martin-Joshua IBF title match on 9 April. Groves knocked out undefeated David Brophy in round 4. Groves won the vacant WBA international super-middleweight title. With this win, Groves hoped to land a fight with either Martin Murray or Callum Smith next.
Groves vs Murray
In May, it was announced that Groves would meet domestic rival and former four-time World title challenger Martin Murray in a WBA super middleweight title eliminator on 25 June at the O2 Arena on the Joshua-Breazeale undercard live on Sky Box Office. Both fighters were delighted that the fight was made. Murray made weight on second attempt. After a long battle, Groves defeated Murray via a 12-round unanimous decision. The three judges scored the fight at 118-110, giving Murray only two rounds. Groves hurt Murray with big right hands in rounds 7, 9 and 12. Murray had Groves looking hurt in the 10th after hitting him with a left hook to the head. Both fighters looked tired and ragged in the 12th round. Their conditioning looked less than to be desired at that point in the fight.
Groves vs Gutknecht
On 18 November 2016, Groves was set to defend his International title for a second time, this time against German boxer Eduard Gutknecht (30-4-1, 13 KOs). Gutknecht had previously challenged once for the World super middleweight title and once the World light heavyweight title. The fight took place at the Wembley Arena in London. In a one-sided fight, Groves defeated Gutknecht by 12 round unanimous decision title.The judges scored it (119-110, 119-109 and 119-109) all in favour of Groves. Groves showed good boxing skills in surviving an early attack from Gutknecht in the first three rounds. Groves had to take some hard power shots and jabs. In round 9, Gutknecht took a lot of heavy blows from Groves. At the end of the round, Gutknecht’s right eye was badly swollen and almost completely shut. Gutknecht was able to catch Groves with some hard jabs that got his attention in the 9th. Gutknecht was no longer throwing power shots, which at this point was what he needed to win the rounds. Gutknecht collapsed in the dressing room following the bout and was taken to hospital where he underwent surgery for swelling to the brain.
WBA (Super) Super Middleweight Champion
Groves vs Chudinov
On 7 December 2016, Groves confirmed via his Twitter account that he will challenge Fedor Chudinov for the vacant WBA Super Middleweight title. This would be his 4th attempt at a World title. Although the venue wasn't confirmed via his Twitter, Groves stated he would like to fight in London. Sauerland Events confirmed they had until January 5, 2017 to agree on a deal. On 8 April, Kalle Sauerland tweeted that an agreement was signed for the fight to take place in the UK. On 20 April, it was announced that the fight would take place at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on 27 May as part of the undercard of Brook-Spence PPV. A day later, the WBA announced an immediate rematch between their 'Regular' title holder Tyron Zeage and Isaac Epko after their initial fight ended in a technical decision win for Zeage in the early rounds. The winner of both fights would then need to meet in order to decide one titleholder, as part of WBA's plans to reduce the number of World titles per division.
In his fourth attempt, Groves finally became World champion when he stopped Chudinov in round six. A barrage of punches gave referee Steve Gray no choice but to halt the fight giving Groves the win. The fight was non stop action from the opening bell. After an evenly matched first two rounds, Groves took control. Groves was cut above the eye in round four after an accidental clash of heads. The official time of stoppage was 1 minute and 14 seconds. Groves spoke to Sky Sports after the fight and credited his trainer Shane McGuigan, "This is the end of a lifetime's work. Shane McGuigan has resurrected my career. Now I'm mature enough to admit that. I feel like I'm the best in the division. I'm willing and ready to fight anyone." On 1 June, Groves had surgery after it was revealed that he broke his jaw in round 3 in the win against Chudinov. Groves said, That or I broke it from over smiling since."
World Boxing Super Series - Super Middleweight division
On 16 June 2017, Groves announced that he would be the first super-middleweight to join the World Boxing Super Series tournament. The 8-man bracket style elimination tournament, which would see the winner earn a grand cash prize as well as the 'greatest prize in boxing', the Muhammad Ali Trophy. The reason for joining was to prove that he is the best super-middleweight in the World. A draft gala was scheduled to take place on 8 July in Monaco to determine who Groves would fight in the quarter finals. Groves hinted that he could possibly retire from boxing if he was to win the tournament. Groves said, “If I win this tournament I could walk away from boxing satisfied as a unified World champion.” He also said that if the next WBSS tournament took place at light heavyweight, he would be willing to move up and participate.
Groves vs Cox
At the Draft Gala on 8 July, Groves, who was first seeded, meaning he had the option to select his opponent, choose to fight undefeated British boxer Jamie Cox (23-0, 13 KOs). Groves explained, picking Cox was a '"strategic" move and due to the tournament being long, it would be best to "pick the easy guy first". AG Comosa announced the fight would take place on 14 October 2017 at The SSE Arena in Wembley, London. Groves' WBA title would also be at stake as well the winner advancing to the semi finals against the winner of Chris Eubank Jr. and Avni Yildrim. Groves took back his earlier words of saying Cox was the easiest, "I know there are no easy fights in this tournament and there are no easy fights at World level, but Jamie is the guy I know the most about." Groves retained his title and advanced to the semi finals of the tournament in a competitive bout which came to an end in round 4. A perfectly placed right hand to the body send Cox down in pain. Referee Steve Gray counted him out at 1 minute, 42 seconds into the round. The fight started with both boxers feeling each other out and trading sporadically. Cox boxed well for the first two rounds however seemed a little reckless in doing so. Groves boxed sensibly, waiting for counter shots. Chris Eubank Jr., who was sat ringside, entered the ring, giving his thoughts on the fight, "It was a good fight, he did what he had to win, not too many cuts and bruises so it looks like we're on for January. That's what we wanted." Groves spoke about his fallen opponent, "I picked him because I believe he was the most dangerous of the unseeded fighters. I didn't want an easy fight." Groves landed 48 of 163 punches thrown (29%), 42 of them being power shots. Cox landed 36 of 131 thrown (28%).
Groves vs Eubank Jr.
Due to winning their respective bouts in October 2017, Groves and Chris Eubank Jr. (26-1, 20 KOs) were due to meet in the semi final of the tournament. At first, promoter Kalle Sauerland stated he would try to book the fight for a stadium in either London or Manchester. In November 2017, ITV reported the fight was set to take place on 17 February 2018 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Europe’s largest purpose-built indoor arena. The winner of the fight would earn his place in the final of the tournament as well as walk out with the WBA (Super) and IBO super-middleweight titles. Tickets for the fight sold out in seven minutes. Groves weighed 167 pounds, a full pound under the weight limit and Eubank came in at 167.5 pounds.
Christopher Livingstone Eubank (born 18 September 1989) He held the IBO super-middleweight title from 2017 to 2018, and previously the WBA interim and British middleweight titles between 2015 and 2016. As of February 2018, Eubank is ranked as the World's best active super-middleweight by BoxRec, third by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and fourth by The Ring magazine. He is the son of former two-weight World boxing champion Chris Eubank.
Early Life And Education
Eubank was born in Hove, East Sussex, the son of Chris Eubank and Karron Suzanne Stephen Martin. He was a pupil at Brighton College. Eubank featured alongside his father in the reality TV series At Home with the Eubanks.
At the age of 16, Eubank and his brother Sebastian moved to the United States to live with a guardian named Irene Hutton. It was explained by their mother Karron as "mere paperwork" and done to enable them to gain dual citizenship without the need to marry, and to enhance their prospects of sporting careers.
Eubank began his amateur career in 2007. With the winning of his sixth amateur fight, he became the Amateur Golden Gloves Champion for the State of Nevada in his weight division of 165 lbs. With his eighth amateur fight he became the Amateur Golden Glove Champion for the Western States of the United States in his weight division. Eubank was 1–1 in the 2008 National Golden Gloves. He ended his amateur career with a record of 24-2.
Eubank turned professional in 2011 and signed with promoter Mick Hennessy. He is mentored by his father and trainer Ronnie Davies, who also guided the father. Over the next three years, Eubank amassed a record of 18-0 with 13 knockouts to his name.
On 19 February 2014, Eubank signed a deal to appear on BoxNation, with his first fight being at the York Hall in London on 22 February. Eubank stopped Alistair Warren (0-4-2), after Warren retired on his stool before round 4. Eubank next fought at the Copper Box Arena in London on 12 April against Hungarian boxer Sandor Micsko. Eubank landed a big uppercut in round 2, which dropped Micsko. The referee waved the fight off. In the post-fight, Eubank said, "I'm the next generation. I worked on the uppercut in the gym and I connected beautifully tonight. When I connect with these guys I'm taking them out, no one can stand up to my power and I'll only get better and stronger. I'm ready for a title fight now." On 10 May, at the Olympia in Liverpool, Eubank dropped Polish boxer Robert Swierzbinkski (13-2, 3 KOs) seven times, eventually stopping him in round 7. Eubank was then added to a 7 June card, two days prior to it taking place at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle. It was said that a win would move Eubank closer to a potential grudge match with Billy Joe Saunders, who was challenging for the vacant European title in July. Czech boxer Štěpán Horváth (12-3, 4 KOs) was his opponent. Eubank dropped Horváth four times, stopping him in round 6. This was Eubank's eighth straight stoppage win.
On the Saunders vs Blandamura undercard on 26 July at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, Eubank stopped Croatian journeyman Ivan Jukic (19-2, 12 KOs) after just 2 minutes and 40 seconds of the opening round.
Eubank vs Saunders
On 15 September 2014, Frank Warren announced that Eubank would challenge fellow unbeaten British rival Billy Joe Saunders for his British, Commonwealth and European titles on the undercard of Tyson Fury vs Dereck Chisora II on 9 November at the ExCeL arena. The fight was not officially signed as Warren was waiting for Eubank to sign the contract. Warren gave Eubank until 5pm on 25 September. On 3 October the fight was confirmed, but would take place on 29 November instead and would also be a WBO final eliminator.
Eubank fought at the Echo Arena on 25 October in a scheduled 8 round fight. Eubank knocked out German boxer Omar Siala in round 2 after a right uppercut.
Eubank lost his unbeaten record when he lost a split decision to Saunders. The bout went the distance, with the experienced Saunders controlling the first six rounds with his footwork, elusive style and technical boxing ability, as Eubank was mostly inactive, with many speculating to him being over cautious due to nervousness and 'stage fright' as it was his first major title bout of his professional career. Regardless, from round seven onward Eubank took control with a much higher punch output, this resulted in the two young boxers brawling and trading hard shots for the rest of the fight. In the twelfth round, Eubank came out gunning for the knockout but was unable to get it. The early inactivity turned out to be the deciding factor as Saunders was victorious, a 115-114, 115-113 and 113-116 winner.
Eubank vs Chudinov
On 30 December 2014, Frank Warren announced that Eubank would fight undefeated Russian boxer and WBA interim middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov (14-0-2, 9 KOs) 28 February 2015 at the O2 Arena in London on the undercard of Tyson Fury vs Christian Hammer. Eubank scored a 12th-round TKO win over Chudinov and Eubank's efforts earned him the WBA interim middleweight title. At the time of stoppage, Eubank was ahead on all three judges scorecards 106-103, 108-101, 107-102. In round 2, an accidental clash of heads caused a cut above Chudinov's left eye. Eubank spent the rest of the fight landing power shot combinations and breaking Chudinov down. After the win, Eubank sought a rematch with Saunders, "This result is redemption and I'm back. And I want that rematch, Billy Joe Saunders. I'm coming for you." Ultimately however, despite given multiple chances Eubank refused to sign the fight which would have earned him close to £1million.
On 1 April 2015, it was announced that Eubank would finally meet rival Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan in May at the Wembley Arena in London. The fight however did not take place.
After a 2015 that was mostly inactive, Eubank signed to promoter Eddie Hearn under the Matchroom Sport banner. Hearn is the son of Eubank Sr.'s former promoter Barry Hearn. It was also announced that veteran trainer Adam Booth has been added to the team to co-train Eubank.
His first fight following his signing with Matchroom was a bout against American Tony Jeter, making his debut on Sky Sports on 24 October. After knocking Jeter down in the first round, Eubank was able to knock him down twice in the second round before landing a flurry of combinations to Jeter, forcing the referee to stop the fight. Following the bout, Eubank was stripped of the interim WBA middleweight title due to his inactivity since winning it. Eubank then faced Gary "Spike" O'Sullivan in an eliminator to challenge the de jure WBA middleweight champion, Daniel Jacobs.
Eubank vs O'Sullivan
Talks resurfaced about a potential fight with Irish boxer Gary O'Sullivan to take on 12 December 2015 at the O2 Arena in London on the undercard of Joshua-Whyte. The fight was well anticipated, as the pair had a history of feuds in the past, with O'Sullivan targeting Eubank on social media. The fight throughout had the pace set by Eubank Jr, however O'Sullivan showed great resilience to Eubank's continuous hard shots, particularly uppercuts. At the end of the 7th round, O'Sullivan's corner retired their fighter, who had sustained a perforated eardrum.
Immediately after Eubank defeated O'Sullivan, Hennessey Sports announced that they had won the purse bids and the rights to stage Eubank vs Nick Blackwell for Blackwell's British middleweight title.
Eubank vs Blackwell
In February 2016, Hennessy Sports announced the fight between Eubank and Blackwell (19-3-1, 8 KOs) would take place on 26 March at the Wembley’s SSE Arena in London. The fight was shown live on Channel 5. Eubank dominated the fight to the point that his trainer, father Chris Eubank Sr., began imploring the referee to stop the fight. Following the eighth round, the elder Eubank instructed Eubank to stop hitting Blackwell in the head. The referee finally called a stop to the fight at 2:21 in the 10th round, and awarded Eubank the win, and the title, by TKO. Blackwell was taken to hospital with bleeding on the brain, and was placed in a medically induced coma for treatment.
Eubank vs Doran
After re-signing with Matchroom Sport, it was announced on Sky Sports on 18 May 2016 that Eubank will fight on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's IBF heavyweight title fight with Dominic Breazeale at The O2 on 25 June. Tom Doran was announced as Eubank Jr's opponent on 19 May. Eubank had continued to climb up the ladder since joining Matchroom, having achieved a ranking of number two by the WBA and number three by the WBC. Eubank won via 4th-round TKO to retain the British Middleweight title. Doran was down once in the 3rd round and three times in the 4th as the referee waved off the fight. Eubank called out Gennady Golovkin in the post fight interview.
It was announced on August 12, Eubank would make a mandatory defence of his British middleweight title against fellow British and undefeated Commonwealth and WBO Inter-Continental middleweight champion Tommy Langford after promoter Frank Warren won a purse bid to stage the fight. Eubank, however, relinquished the title in September after suffering an injury in sparring.
Throughout 2016, Eubank made it clear that he wanted to challenge undefeated unified middleweight champion Gennady Golvokin. A potential fight which could see Eubank earn up to £6 million, was only being held up by Sky, who would broadcast the fight on PPV. Eubank Sr. wanted his son to earn a bigger share, due to the risk of fighting a big puncher. By July, Golovkin had signed his end of the deal, only waiting on Eubank. On 8 July, Eddie Hearn offered the deal to then IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook, who took the deal to fight Golovkin on 10 September. Eubank immediately hit out at critics stating he had never been presented with the fight contract. Boxers including Tommy Langford, Martin Murray, Curtis Stevens began calling out Eubank.
Eubank vs Quinlan
On 13 December 2016, Eubank announced via his Facebook page that he would be making his debut in the super-middleweight division on ITV Box Office. The last time ITV showed live boxing was in July 2015, when Carl Frampton defended his IBF super-bantamweight title against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. In the same post, stated he would be fighting 27 year old Australian boxer Renold Quinlan (11-1, 7 KOs) for his IBO super-middleweight title. Quinlan won the then-vacant IBO title defeating former World champion Daniel Geale in October via knockout in round two. The date of the fight was confirmed to be 4 February 2017 with the venue being at the Lee Valley VeloPark, Olympic Park, in London.
Following the announcement of the fight, jnr hit back at fans on social media who claimed the IBO belt isn't a 'real World title', "That title has been held by some of the greatest champions in recent boxing history and it’s currently held by Gennady Golovkin, at middleweight. You can’t tell me anything, it’s a legitimate World title." He also stated his move to super-middleweight was not permanent. He saw an opportunity for fight for a World title and took it. If he can win the World title, then he will negotiate with other champions.
Despite not previously fought at super-middleweight, the December ranking update had Eubank at number seven, previously being number two at middleweight. On 6 January 2017, Quinlan threatened to walk away from the fight. The reason being there was little to no promotion, with the fight being only weeks away. he stated the build up has not been enough to promote the biggest fight of his career, "It’s only a few weeks away and I've got the feeling that it’s going to be delayed. There’s been no media around it and it’s not getting the exposure it should be. I've been training well but I’m not 100 per cent focused now. I have a feeling it's going to get pulled."
On fight night, Eubank stopped Quinlan in round 10 after a fairly one sided fight to win the IBO super-middleweight title. The fight was stopped by referee Howard John Foster, 2 minutes and 7 seconds of round 10 after seeing Quinlan backed up against the ropes being hit with continuous head shots. After a steady start, Eubank started taking control in the fifth round when he started using his speed advantage over Quinlan. After the fight was stopped, Eubank stood on the ropes in the corner in his trademark stance. In the post-fight interview, he gave credit to Quinlan, describing him as a tough fighter, “It was like hitting concrete. Big respect to Renold Quinlan. He flew halfway around the World to defend his title against one of the best in the World. He didn't have to do that.” Eubank claimed that he was comfortable making 160 and 168 pounds and wanted to fight Golovkin, Saunders or DeGale next.
Eubank vs Abraham
Reports suggested on 1 June 2017 that Eubank would make his ring return in July 2017 defending his IBO super middleweight title against former multiple weight World champion Arthur Abraham (46-5, 30 KOs) in London. It is believed that Eubank was offered in the region of £3 million. The two potential dates discussed were the 15th and 22 July. At the time the fight was being discussed, Abraham was the mandatory challenger to the WBO title, held by Gilberto Ramirez, who defeated Abraham in April 2015. It would be regarded as Eubanks' biggest fight since his loss to Saunders in 2014. On 5 June, it was confirmed that the fight would take place at the Wembley Arena on 15 July and televised on ITV Box Office. The official press announcement was scheduled to take place on 7 June. At the weigh-in, Abraham weighed 12st 1lb 5oz, which was 1lb 13oz over the limit. He was given two hours to lose the extra weight. Eubank weighed inside the limit at 11st 13lb 3oz. It was said that if Abraham couldn't make weight a second time, the fight would still take place in a non-title fight. Abraham made weight on the third attempt.
Eubank won via a unanimous decision with the scorecards 120-108, 120-108 and 118-110. Abraham had little to offer, mostly in defence mode as Eubank out landed and outpointed him. The last time Eubank went the 12 round distance was his split decision loss to Saunders in November 2014, and the last time he won a fight on points was on his 8th professional fight in December 2012. Eubank landed staggering uppercuts throughout the fight, many single and some in combinations, with Abraham only managing to connect a few shots clean, but left little to no damage.
Eubank spoke of Abraham's performance, "He's definitely the most durable opponent I've faced. I hit him with every shot in the book. He didn't win a round and I'm happy with the performance." With the win, Eubank advanced into the World Boxing Super Series, where he could potentially meet WBA 'super' champion George Groves in the semi-finals.
World Boxing Super Series
On 7 July 2017, the World Boxing Super Series announced the winner of Abraham and Eubank would be taking part in the super-middleweight knockout tournament.
Eubank vs Yildirim
At the Draft Gala in Monte Carlo on 8 July, Chris Eubank Sr., who represented both Abraham and Eubank picked undefeated Turkish contender Avni Yildirim (16-0, 10 KOs). The fight was confirmed following Eubank's lop-sided win over Abraham. Promoter Kalle Sauerland said official confirmation of a venue and date would be announced in the coming weeks. On August 8, it was announced that the fight would take place on 7 October at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, Germany, marking it the second time Eubank would be fighting outside the UK since turning professional. Eubank used his hand speed and power shots to stop Yildirim in round 3 of their fight to confirm his place in the semi finals of the tournament. Yildirim was forced to take a knee in the opening round when Eubank landed a big uppercut. Yildirim wasn't hard to hit as he lent forward whilst attacking. The fight came to an end after a flurry of shots, which were unanswered and the final punch was a left to the head which again dropped Yildirim. Referee Leszek Jankowiak stopped the fight without counting, whilst Yildirim attempted to get up. Some of the media and pundits felt the stoppage was premature and Yildirim was recovering, however some felt as though he had taken too many blows to the head. At ringside after the fight, Eubank Jr told ITV, "I am here to dominate this tournament. I am sending a message out there that I am coming." Eubank landed 59 of 201 punches thrown (29%), whilst Yildirim landed 23 of 91 thrown (25%). Before the fight, a big brawl broke out in the crowd.
Eubank vs Groves
Due to winning their respective bouts in October 2017, Eubank and George Groves (27-3, 20 KOs) were due to meet in the semi final of the tournament. At first, promoter Kalle Sauerland stated he would try to book the fight for a stadium in either London or Manchester. In November 2017, ITV reported the fight was set to take place on 17 February 2018 at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, Europe’s largest purpose-built indoor arena. The winner of the fight would earn his place in the final of the tournament as well as walk out with the WBA (Super) and IBO super-middleweight titles. Tickets for the fight sold out in seven minutes. Groves weighed 167 pounds, a full pound under the weight limit and Eubank came in at 167.5 pounds.