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Boxing: George Groves determined to prove he is best super middleweight in world with win over Chris Eubank Jr.

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 November 2017

George Groves (left) will fight Chris Eubank Jr. at the Manchester Arena on February 17 (pic: Steven Paston/PA)

George Groves (left) will fight Chris Eubank Jr. at the Manchester Arena on February 17 (pic: Steven Paston/PA)

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British rivals to meet at Manchester Arena on February 17

Former Dale Youth boxer George Groves says victory over Chris Eubank Jr. in February will confirm him as the best super middleweight in the world.

The British rivals meet at the Manchester Arena on February 17 in the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series, with the bout to be shown on ITV Box Office.

Groves will defend his WBA world title in the unification fight, while Eubank will put his IBO world belt on the line.

And Groves feels that if he can edge out the 28-year-old, he will earn a few more plaudits for his achievements.

“I believe that once I beat Junior, I’ll be regarded as the best in the division,” the 29-year-old told BBC Sport.

“People are saying this is a 50/50 fight now. They said the same when I fought Martin Murray and I came through that comfortably; this one will be even more comfortable.

“I think I will get rid of him early and I believe that will be a huge statement in the division.

“I’m a world champion, so I’m not bothered if people don’t believe I’m the best in the division, but if I keep beating everyone, at least I can say that if they don’t believe, that I have already proved it.”

February’s bout will see Groves defend his WBA belt for a second time after winning it last May and will be the former Dale Youth man’s sixth world title fight in total.

By contrast, Eubank is facing just his fourth world title fight at super middleweight, and Groves feels that could be the difference in Manchester.

“I am a much better calibre of opposition than what he has previously faced,” he added.

• Harrow Weald welterweight Jez Smith maintained his unbeaten record with a second-round knockout of Nathan Hardy at York Hall on Saturday.

Taking part in the Goodwin promotion, Smith was looking to add to his record of eight wins from nine fights, with the other contest ending in a draw, but had not fought since March.

Defying any signs of ring rust, it did not take Smith long to blast away Yorkshire rival Hardy, with the Harrow Weald fighter’s hard punching troubling his opponent from the start.

After taking plenty of blows, Hardy’s corner threw the towel in during round two handing Smith the win.

Additional reporting by Ken Sellek.

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