George Groves v Chris Eubank Jr LIVE!



Don't you just love the smell of a big fight in the air? Domestic rivals. History between them. Legacies on the line. Shots fired. Two world titles. Tickets sold out in 7 minutes. Yip, this definitely has the feel of something special. George Groves. Chris Eubank Jr. WBA and IBO super-middleweight world championships. World Boxing Super Series semi-final. Here come the fireworks.

Good evening everyone. Alistair Sargent reporting for duty. Huge excitement around this fight tonight. I'll be describing all the action for you so you don't miss a second. It'll be as if you were there! And speaking of being there, let's open with a tale of woe...

So last week we received the news that we had been unsuccessful in our application for press accreditation, such was the huge demand from around the world to be around this fight. Anyway, at 14:30 I receive an email to say accreditation can be collected outside the Manchester Arena at 17:00. A space has become available and we're in... Well, not quite. I'm in Ayr as I receive this email, 45 minutes from my Glasgow home where all my tech equipment is, and over 4 hours from Manchester. So here I am, on the sofa enjoying the ringside view from there, and not the ringside view from actual ringside. But never fear, we've got the view to bring you the updates and that is all that counts.

24 hours ago, over on Twitter, @ByTheMinBoxing asked you to have your say on how you saw this fight going. The all important results are in. Two thirds of voters have said they fancy George Groves. And that goes against the bookmakers who have had Chris Eubank as the favourite in the lead up to this massive clash.

Roddy Graham

Think I tend to agree with the majority too. Groves on points in a close encounter which I wouldn't be surprised to see a rematch of within 18 months.

You may or may not have had your say in that poll. So let's hear from you now. Where are you reading from, and who are you backing? Let me put my neck on the line by saying I'm going to plum for Groves - I think his big fight experience will be the difference. Let us know using the comments feature, hit "be first/reply" to get in touch.

Ring walks in 11 minutes. Get the kettle on now and settle back in then to follow this one with us.

All the razz ma tazz of the WBSS is a go. Lights from floor to ceiling surround the ring as we await the fighters stepping out

MC David Diamante is giving it his schtick now to hype the crowd. He's quite the character... Seems quite a pro George Groves crowd in Manchester. But the ring walks should tell us more about that

Anthony Hart

That's my telly!

Yip seems to be quite a few boos as Eubank is announced. And more as his music hits. Bit of Dr Dre for the Next Gen on his walk

As usual wherever Junior goes, Senior is only a few steps away. Big daddy's boy so he is