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Boxing: Groves to face Eubank in Manchester next year

PUBLISHED: 16:36 21 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:36 21 November 2017

George Groves will defend his WBA super-middleweight title against Chris Eubank Junior at the Manchester Arena on February 17.

Former Dale Youth boxer Groves wanted the World Boxing Super Series semi-final bout to be held in London, but will return to the scene of his controversial 2013 defeat to Carl Froch.

Groves beat Jamie Cox in his first title defence at Wembley Arena last month, while Eubank got the better of Turkish fighter Avni Yildirim in Germany.

The two British fighters have never previously met in the ring, while the other semi-final contest will see Brit Callum Smith fight Germany’s Jurgen Brahmer, with the date and venue still to be confirmed.

The World Boxing Super Series has been called the Champions League of boxing and runs eight-man tournaments in both the super-middleweight and cruiserweight divisions, with a $50 million prize fund.

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