The Cruiserweights have left it all on the line in their respective semi-finals, and now it is the turn of the louder and brasher Super Middleweights to produce on the biggest of stages.
The second semi between Callum Smith and Jürgen Brähmer has been overshadowed by the most anticipated British grudge match of the year.
George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr have never been short on a few words pre-fight, and that has been the mantra ahead of this Saturday’s big fight. The WBA and IBO titles are on the line, alongside a place in the final of the World Boxing Super Series Final.
Both shone in their first round match-ups, but both faced opposition below the level that each fighter stands at right now in their careers.
For Groves 27-3(20KO’s) he came through an excitable start from the youthful Jamie Cox, before unleashing a body shot that left him glued to the canvas.
In Eubank’s case he had too much of everything for a far less gun-ho Avni Yildirim.
The Turk in his backyard clearly had the idea of playing the long-haul game, but too open, he was dismantled by a right-left combination that will grace Eubank’s highlight reel for decades to come.
In one another the pair face far sterner opposition here. Game plans will need to be perfect to leave the arena with all the accolades.
Eubank 26-1(20KO’s) brings youth, speed and an unbreakable confidence, a combination good enough in theory to combat Groves’ experience, size and power.
Eubank will be the stronger in the early going, with no doubt that Groves has every intention of punishing Eubank in the middle rounds.
A fast start from Groves may be fruitful, but his risk must be calculated. Eubank inherited his dad’s iron jaw, and if his narrow loss to Billy Joe Saunders is anything to go by, then he can certainly come on the stronger in the second half.
One believes that rounds 3-8 will be critical for Groves to do his damage as the bigger puncher and bigger man. If Eubank is indeed still in there and still well within his senses, then Groves will not have enough to resist the young man’s drive down the stretch.
But if Groves can use his jab to good effect, Eubank’s volley of punches will prove tough to launch. Groves can then punish an open target with straight rights, before sticking to his boxing as opposed to looking for the finish.
It took four tries for Groves to eventually claim one of the four major world titles, but for Eubank Jr he will complete that mission on his first attempt.
Groves will find it too difficult, when the heat rises in the arena, to avoid engaging Eubank once he lands flush.
And in these exchanges, Eubank’s faster and sharper hands will have the greater effect on the judges.
Eubank will simply outlast Groves in every exchange, taking shots flush to ensure that he finishes each time as the aggressor.
It is here that Groves will tire, and by the championship rounds Eubank will be well on top of proceedings, looking at times like he may force the early finish.
But the final bell will ring, before Eubank’s hand is raised following the best 12-rounds of his career thus far.
Defeat to Saunders has proved pivotal thus far in his journey, and it will pay dividends here on Saturday night, and will leave Eubank as the favourite to claim the Muhammad Ali trophy in June.