Boxing Preview: George Groves v Jamie Cox

The No.1 seed in the World Boxing Super Series super-middleweights starts his journey in the coveted tournament this weekend at Wembley Arena.

It’s the competition favourite George Groves (26-3) against unbeaten Jamie Cox (24-0) in last of the quarter-finals for a place in the semi-finals against Chris Eubank Jr. and Groves’ WBA Super super-middleweight world title.

The contest will double up as “Saint George’s” first defence of the world title that he won from Fedor Chudinov in May on his fourth attempt at world honours.

The WBSS numero uno will be looking for an explosive performance to send a message to British rivals Callum Smith and Chris Eubank Jr., who have already booked their places in the last four of the super-middleweight competition.

Groves, famously beaten twice by Carl Froch in two super-fights in 2013 and 2014, is hotly tipped to stretch his record to 27-3 with a win this weekend over Cox.

But the southpaw from Swindon should not be disregarded so lightly. Many are already talking about who wins the potentially huge showdown between Groves and Eubank in the semi-finals, but the man from Hammersmith must get past Cox first.

The unbeaten 31-year-old – two year’s Groves’ senior – is energetic, whips in body shots for fun and has speed on his side. He doesn’t possess anywhere near the same level of experience as Groves, but that means he also has less miles on the clock, having been involved in less battles, and hasn’t suffered the effects that come with getting knocked out cold.

However, his impressive record of 24-0 is somewhat hollow with no real noteworthy scalps recorded. He is stepping up in levels here against Groves and it is one huge leap, perhaps a step too far, at this stage.

I believe the experience and power of Groves will be enough to beat the speed and energy of Cox. I also believe that Cox will be a bit stranded at this level of class and will be stopped in the middle rounds.


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