Callum Smith rarely enjoys the full glare of the media spotlight, and the youngest, probably most talented - and arguably shyest - of the four professional boxing brothers from Liverpool has rather snuck under the radar and into the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series tournament.
His eye wound was reopened in the fifth round, with Eubank Jr mindful of it as he wiped at it.
By that stage, Groves - now with a professional record of 28 wins and three defeats - had built up a handy lead over Eubank (26-2), whose pre-fight promises to outlast his fellow Englishman were undermined by a brawling approach nearly entirely devoid of nuance against a skill technician.
Asked what he uttered to Groves, Eubank Jr replied: "I told him he's not ready". He cut me, and I couldn't see. I didn't get hit clean. Time: When does the big fight start today? He doesn't realise the danger he's in but he will find out on Saturday. "I thought I pressured him the entire fight".
"I think this is George's last little hurrah before he settles down, has his family and relaxes for the rest of his life".
George Groves sways to miss a punch from Chris Eubank Jr during their WBSS super middleweight bout at the Manchester Arena. "I'm going to help him on that path". He wasn't dabbing at it so I don't think it was obscuring his vision.
"I don't try and work out why things happen the way they do these days".
Groves collected the WBA title with a victory over Fedor Chudinov in Sheffield previous year but there was a true sense of validation surrounding this triumph on Saturday, at the same venue where Carl Froch inflicted a heartbreaking first career loss in November 2013.
It's hard to say for sure when Groves and Eubank Jr will enter the ring, but as a rough guidance, it's unlikely to be before 10pm, so there's plenty of time to sink a few Saturday night beers in the build-up.
Groves won by unanimous decision in an excellent fight to watch.