Murray faces huge challenge to rebuild career after Groves defeat

George Groves (right) in action against Martin Murray during their WBA International Super-Middleweight Championship at the O2 Arena, London
George Groves (right) in action against Martin Murray during their WBA International Super-Middleweight Championship at the O2 Arena, London
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Martin Murray will have a lot of thinking to do this week as he reflects on his career-threatening last to George Groves.

Groves impressively revived his career with one of his finest wins by earning a unanimous decision victory over fellow St Helens fighter Murray.

Groves catches Murray with a powerful jab during Saturday's fight

Groves catches Murray with a powerful jab during Saturday's fight

The three judges scored him a 118-110 winner as his superior speed and variety ensured he outboxed his game opponent, taking him closer to a fourth world title fight.

It also leaves Murray facing a significant challenge in rebuilding his reputation, let alone achieving his ambition of becoming a world champion.

Chris Eubank Jnr won his first fight since ending Nick Blackwell’s career by stopping Tom Doran in four rounds.

Victory also represented the first defence of the British middleweight title he dramatically won from Blackwell in March.

Murray will now face a period of soul searching before deciding whether to continue his dreams of securing a world title

Murray will now face a period of soul searching before deciding whether to continue his dreams of securing a world title

Murray attempted a high-intensity approach during Saturday's bout

Murray attempted a high-intensity approach during Saturday's bout

Murray had previously shaken the world pound-for-pound best fighter Gennady Golovkin but could not find a way through Groves' defence

Murray had previously shaken the world pound-for-pound best fighter Gennady Golovkin but could not find a way through Groves' defence

Murray and Groves produced a thrilling fight on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's bout

Murray and Groves produced a thrilling fight on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's bout